29 May 2013 / submitted by Jake, United States of America
Q.  Who is Claire Smith? I've been going through a 1999 version of and it said that comments/suggestions and questions about Coldplay should be emailed to Claire Smith. Are you Claire Smith?
No, I'm not - never have been - Claire Smith.
Claire made her own unofficial fan site dedicated to the band. I don't know why it would show up on a search through archived apart from Claire linking to our site from hers - when both incarnations were active.
Before we had which was a far cry from the site we have today.
They've come a long way, baby!

29 May 2013 / submitted by Stephen, United States of America
Q.  I have noticed that on every album, the band has a secret track except for Mylo Xyloto. Also, the other albums have a song that's significantly shorter than the others, but but on Mylo Xyloto, there are three shorter songs. Why is this so?
Thanks, and I'm already waiting for the next album!
There is no rhyme or reason - songs are as long as they are. Album length is more important as the band don't like their LPs to be er, too long playing (which is what LP stands for).
A Rush of Blood to the Head didn't have any hidden tracks either.

28 May 2013 / submitted by Saakshi , India
Q.  Hey Oracle,
So Mat Whitecross recently joined twitter and he replied to one of the fans saying that Coldplay are doing a dubstep remix of The Scientist. Is it really true?
Thanks a ton!
Like most of the Coldplay posse, Mat has a great sense of humour. There is no truth in this - the tweet is a joke.

28 May 2013 / submitted by Karolyn, Ecuador
Q.  Now having Coldplay Live 2012 in my hands I realized that in the back Violet Hill has an * and the other song no and when I imported the songs to iTunes Violet Hill didn't appear.
It is a problem with my CD or every CD have this problem? And why Violet Hill has the *? Love you hope you reply me and I will be so thanksfull. Love you.
Live 2012 is a DVD film with CD. The asterisk (*) next to Violet Hill denotes the song is on the DVD only. That means as it isn't on the CD, there is no Violet Hill to import to your iTunes library.

24 May 2013 / submitted by Ryan, United States of America
I'll be graduating from high school next year and must choose a quote for placement in the yearbook, any suggestions? The quote can be absolutely anything, from funny, to inspiring, to sad.
I think the important thing to remember is the yearbook will be around forever but the quote you use may not be relevant to the future you but that's ok - maybe feel the moment & pick something appropriate for now, maybe a lyric from your favourite song.
It will remind everyone in the future (including yourself) who you were at school. If that doesn't appeal, you could use something that will show your hopes / ambitions for the future. A yearbook will be a legacy of sorts but try not to get too wrapped up in not wanting to regret it in the future.
I recall once being asked to write a quote for a programme (which was set out like a yearbook), I agonized over it for far too long & used one by Andy Warhol. It was a bad choice immediately.
I have a chalkboard in my kitchen that I used to write myself reminders on.
I wrote something back in January that I haven't yet erased as it pretty much sums up how I feel about life: Fine the fun. Make it count.
That wasn't so much a reminder by the way, more of an order. I look at it - subliminally or directly - several times a day. It's a great positive message to have I think.
I use and like - "life in the year" rather than year in the life. It's similar to my chalkboard message. In fact, most of my favourites are:
Many (including A.A. Milne) - "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift - that's why they call it the present".
Gandhi - "Be the change that you wish to see in the world".
Mark Twain (& others) - "Dance like there’s nobody watching".
I have also used a Coldplay line from my favourite song when I feel disappointed, but it's not quite the right tone for a yearbook: "Give me real, don't give me fake".
I could go on but I am sure you will have enough to inspire you to choose the right one for you.
Over to you.

A quote that I have been using as a signature for a long time just happens to be lyrics from a Coldplay song. This quote represents a great truth for me that has helped me in many ways as I've made decisions in my life:
"If you never try then you'll never know. "Good luck, Jill, USA.

This is what I chose:
"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm" - Sir Winston Churchill. Fabrizio.

I guess Coldplay have enough quotes to be used. My favourites are: "I'd rather be a comma than a full stop", "you'll go backwards but then you'll go forwards again", "people moving all the time inside a perfectly straight line so don't you want to curve away?", "some things you have to believe others are puzzles, puzzling me", "just because I'm losing doesn't mean I'm lost" ,"no I don't wanna battle from beginning to end, I don't wanna cycle or recycle revenge, I don't wanna follow death and all of his friends", " when you use your heart as a weapon, it hurts like heaven " ... I think those are enough. Boshkash.

Well, since graduating is a moment when you start a new 'part' of your life I would suggest something inspiring and motivating- a quote from Bob Moawad :"You can't make footprints in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt. And who wants to make buttprints in the sands of time?"
All the best, Katarzyna.

Of course you can quote some lines from Coldplay lyrics, something with a special meaning for you.
Another suggestion, one of those:
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart". Confucius
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly". Richard Bach
"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse". Walt Disney
Best wishes. L. Q.

I have a couple of my favorites. 1) "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"- Edmund Burke, 2) "There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them"- Sylvia Plath, and 3) Pretty much any Coldplay song. Hope this helps! Love, Darem.

"In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." by Tom Bodett. I think that's a bit serious but seems to fit. Wayne.

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24 May 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, 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.
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I've got a friend who has a very low self-esteem. What can I do to level up his self-esteem, to show him that he is not the loser he thinks he is? Florence, Canada.

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23 May 2013 / submitted by James, United States of America
Q.  My brother and I are convinced that Talk was a credits song in a movie. Specifically, we thought it closed out one of the Transformer movies, but after reviewing the dvds that is not the case. Was it in the select pre-release movie theater version of Transformers or in a different movie? 'We are lost and incomplete' without this information.
Talk definitely didn't appear in any of the Transformer movies but then I don't recall it being used either in any film or as the credits rolled.
I wonder if perhaps it has been used in a trailer much like Paradise was used in previews for Life of Pi but not actually featured in the film...

23 May 2013 / submitted by Carlotta, Italy
Q.  Hello Oracle!
If you really have nothing to do now, would you like to answer my question? Yesterday I was listening to the radio, when I heard an awesome, unexpected samba-remix of Clocks!
Could you tell me who did it and if it was a direct collaboration with the guys or an independent thing??
Thank you very much,and ciao from Italy!
The version is by Rhythms del Mundo. It was totally separate and nothing to do with the band directly.

23 May 2013 / submitted by Martin, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle, did Chris have anyone in particular on his mind while writing Shiver? Sort of going through the same thing right at this moment. Do you reckon I should move on or keep trying?
Yes he did. I think the only way to answer this question is to imagine your best mate has asked you the same. What would you advise them to do?
Sometimes when it's happening to you, you're too close to see what the right thing to do is. I personally think you know in your gut whether you're wasting your time. Life's too short for both losing a love that could be and wasting time on a love that will never be.

22 May 2013 / submitted by Lucia, Uruguay
Q.  Hi Oracle, I had seen a live performance of God Put a Smile Upon your Face (2006) and Chris said: "This is a song about what it feels like to be the biggest band in the world in the biggest city in the world".
It is really about that?
I wasn't aware of that, no and I doubt he was being serious. I remember at the time the album came out Chris said: "That came out of playing live and wanting to have something with a bit more bounce. We were really getting into things like P.J Harvey and Muse - things with a bit more energy."