30 April 2013 / submitted by jamie, United Kingdom
Q.  I just bought my first car and I'm thinking of having a personalised licence plate and I want it to be something Coldplay related. I was thinking of getting DL08 BYH after Don't Let It Break Your Heart. But there could be better ones. What do you think?
This would have made an interesting alternative Team Oracle question too.

I'm thinking along the lines of using the numbers or letters from songs from songs: 42, 136, UFO, MMIX...
Obviously you can also use numbers to resemble letters: F1X Y0U, 5P1E5 or TR0U13LE (think that's too long AS IS V10LET H1LL).
Some people use 3 for E so maybe Y35 (Yes) & 5AF3TY (Safety).
Well, that gives you something to think on I guess.

30 April 2013 / submitted by Reginaldo, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle. I am Brazilian and I also have a band. We have enough trouble getting sponsorship to record and to raise money for our career. With Coldplay at the beginning was also well? Could you tell us the difficulties that the band went before launching parachutes? Hugs.
The members of Coldplay were all students when they were trying to get cash together to record their first e.p. Phil Harvey borrowed the money from his Mum (who had spotted huge potential in Chris at an early age) to record the Safety ep. The band also put on a show at Dingwalls in London that they sold tickets for. The money they made from that was enough to pay Phil's Mum back.

It doesn't have to be expensive to record your band. I don't know how many members are in the band but if you raise money between you however you can: extra work, a jumble sale (I don't know what you call this, but I mean a Garage / Yard sale) or maybe you could try and record it without cost.
There is another way that's proving really popular these days; crowd funding.
This is when people collectively chip in to fund a project and are usually rewarded in some way.
Here's a good example of one that you can see how it works and if you could try something similar.

29 April 2013 / submitted by Marie, United States of America
Q.  Well hello there, All-knowing Oracle.
I have a horrible cold right now and I am in a musical. It is nearly impossible to sing well. Then it occurred to me that Coldplay goes on tour for a loooong time and has to deliver a great show nearly every night at the tour's peak. How does Chris keep his voice in perfect condition?! Does he ever get sick? I've seen them 4 times and he was phenomenal every time. Just curious...
Chris does sometimes get sick but he does whatever he can to prevent that from happening and looks after his voice as much as possible.
Various before and after show regimes include: not speaking, ginger, lemon & honey drinks, wearing a scarf with something similar to tiger balm on it, throat remedies and certain lozenges, vocal warm-ups, steam machines and after the show he sits in a steam room.
Obviously when he is sick he seeks medical attention and follows whatever is advised / prescribed.

29 April 2013 / submitted by Renata, Brazil
Q.  Hello wise Oracle! For months I've been wondering why Lovers in Japan isn't a part of the Coldplay Live 2012 movie. It was one of my favorite parts of the gig when those hundreds of huge balls came out. It was one of the moments I was hoping to see again on DVD but unfortunately it's not there... Could you tell me why? Thanks :)
Lovers in Japan wasn't a permanent fixture on the MX tour so as it was only played towards the end of the tour, it was decided to leave it off the DVD.

26 April 2013 / submitted by Mini, Belgium
I'm a bit confused right now. I'm 18 years old and studying at university which means I've got to learn and work a lot. Sometimes too much. Sometimes I'm so so so fed up with it and then I start thinking... It feels a bit like I'm spoiling my youth. I'm young and free right now, but I don't have the time to enjoy it. I always got to sit on a chair and learn and learn even more. Then I think, maybe I should just stop with it or study something easier. But then it would feel like I'm destroying my future, and one day - when I will be too old for uni - I'll regret for being too lazy.
At the same time I'm having another dilemma. Studying hard now makes the chance that I won't have exams in the summer bigger, but this means little free time now (while I should be enjoying my "student-time") and (hopefully) three months vacation in the summer. Having fun now with the risk of having exams in the summer. I have no clue what to do!
Oh, I don't even know if I'm making any sense at all, but it would be nice if you - wise Oracle - could help me out of this.
The way I see it Mini is you’ve (hopefully) got a very long life ahead of you to enjoy.
If you’re struggling with all the work, I feel it would suit you better to slow down and ease off a little. I don’t see why you need 3 months vacation. Have some time now and some time in the Summer – you can have both.
Yes you’re young but traditionally this is study time so you’re not the only person facing this problem. Maybe speak with a friend or someone in your class about how they are coping with the workload and finding a study/free time balance. You could also speak with a tutor and explain how you're feeling - they may be able to help.
I don’t think changing what you study is necessarily the right move, unless you detest the subject(s) and haven’t got a career path in mind. Your future is important. For the sake of a few years, when your hard work pays off it will be worth it.
Another option is to reward yourself. Whenever you complete an assignment or whatever, afford yourself a treat – whether a night out with friends, a takeaway, some music, cinema…
I’m not personally a huge fan of my next suggestion but it may be a really positive driving force for you. After Uni, many people take a gap year and go travelling. That may be something of interest to you and something you can plan and look forward to when the work is over. Don’t forget though, once you get a job you may still have similar problems. What you need to do is manage your time.
Just because you’ll be working doesn’t mean life can’t be fun – even if it’s hard too.
There is a saying that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – interests outside of studying are just as important.
Try not to stress about it and keep a study schedule so you can plan allotted time. Hope that helps you but try and stick with it.
Over to you.

I know how you feel, since I'm going through a similar situation. First, really ask yourself if what you're studying is what your heart wants, only you can discover this. Meditation helps you reconnect with your inner self, you don't need any special training, just start by sitting (or laying down) in a place where you will not be disturbed, maybe play some meditation music (something very calm), close your eyes and concentrate on your heart beats until you feel at peace. It's normal to have several thoughts get in the way, but the trick is to let them "pass", don't hang on to them, remember the heart beats. It takes practice, but if you're consistent and if you're gentle on yourself you will find great results. The second thing I recommend is setting aside 1 hour a day to do what you love the most (could be music, painting, a sport or just talking to a friend, etc), respect this time and make it a commitment to allow yourself to let go and have fun. And last but not least, spend more time around nature, sit under a tree, walk barefoot on the grass, hear the birds, etc). Nature reminds us that "we live in a beautiful world, yes we do, we do". Good luck! Adelina.

I don't really think college is for everyone, but I would encourage you to have a plan/ goal for the future. If you have one and you're feeling discouraged because it's hard work, I think you should just keep pushing forward. Sometimes we give up on what we really want because it's difficult, then usually end up regretting it. We feel accomplished after completing something that we had to put a lot of effort in, not something easy. Organizing your day would help with time management. I know that when I start to slack off and put off doing work, I panic and it all feels chaotic because I have no time. As for the exams, it all depends on your summer plans. I would probably just want to work hard now and have free time later, though. Hope this helps. Love, Darem.

I think you have answered yourself already, if you behave too lazy right now you will surely blow up your future. I've seen that in many of my former High School classmates; they thought life was easy and that having fun mostly all the time would not ruin their future... They didn't get any scholarships and have failed university, they're stuck in square one.
My advice to you is to enjoy your youth, manage your time wisely and know your priorities, fun and (if you wanna call them) sacrifices CAN co-exist together.
Greetings, Lalo.

I think I understand what you are going through, I think pretty much everyone can find themselves identified in some ways with your dilemma of not knowing what we want in life or just not even knowing what is it that we are questioning to ourselves. But what I do know is that if you want to be somebody, if you want to get somewhere you need to wake up and work for it, no mattering what your goal is. I’m not saying it will be easy but the fact that you are gonna have to work hard for it makes it ten times rewarding at the end, trust me.. so find the balance and hang in there! Cami.

I wish I had thought about this at your age, like you do. I'll be done studying in a month, I have spent 5 years at the university, been working hard and it paid - everything went well, I even already have a job waiting for me, I'm so thankful for that. But on the other hand, I felt completely alone the whole weekend, and I wish I hadn't 'forgotten' about how keeping good friends can be important. You can't study 100% of the time, and even if you tried to, you would be so tired that it would very soon be counterproductive - so allow yourself some time to have fun and enjoy your youth. We all need that. It's all about finding a good balance, I think, without forgetting about long term plans. Now about your exams, honestly, if you can work now to have a long vacation, I'd definitely go for it - you'll have 3 wonderful months to have fun without regrets, knowing you did what you had to do. Good luck! Lucas, France.

Thanks to all those who replied to this week’s question. Remember, Team Oracle is open to anyone so if you fancy replying, click to read this week's, and send us your answer.

26 April 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
As you hopefully know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
This week I have chosen something fun as light relief.
ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to before midnight Thursday 2nd May.

If you had to dedicate a song to Coldplay, what would it be and why? Aura, Mexico.

Look forward to seeing your replies!
The Oracle
Please email your replies to

25 April 2013 / submitted by Sarah, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!

Recently I've found myself wondering about the roadies... if Will's drum tech is Bash and Chris's and Jonny's guitar techs are Hoppy and Matt McGinn (respectively), then is it safe to assume that Guy has a bass tech? And if so, what would this roadie's name or nickname be?
Paul Newman is Guy's bass tech but also a chap called Chris Heitzman on the last tour.
By the way, Neill Lambert is also a backline technician covering keyboard & digital.

25 April 2013 / submitted by Scott, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!

What airline and bus company did the band use while on tour??

Viva La Coldplay!!
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering supplied the planes - when not travelling on passenger scheduled flights - on the last tour and Beat The Street provided the crew bussing.

24 April 2013 / submitted by Boshkash, Egypt
Q.  Hello dear Oracle
So I was watching The Scientist and a question popped up to my head. Is there any record or video or anything of Chris singing the reversed version of the scientist? I'd be so happy if I could hear that :D

Thank you so much , all best wishes from Egypt.
You can watch the video filmed forward with Chris "singing" backwards here. The soundtrack is therefore obviously reversed too - that is, the original version backwards.

24 April 2013 / submitted by Vidar, Sweden
Q.  Dear Oracle,

How did the band find out about Peter Allen in the first place, he is a great artist but not too many people have heard of him. Where did the boys first hear about him?

Love, Vidar from Sweden
For anyone scratching their heads at this question, Peter Allen (& his writing partner Adrienne Anderson) wrote a song - I Go To Rio - that inspired Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. Its piano riff can be heard clearly which is why the duo appear on the songwriting credits.
Chris was watching the film Biutiful where the song Ritmo de la Noche features in the nightclub scene. Ritmo de la Noche also sampled the piano riff from I Go To Rio. That's the link.