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3 May 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?
When I answer questions of a personal nature, Coldplay.com 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.
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 theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 9th May.

I am kind of confused about my schooling and I was hoping you'd help. I'm currently in 8th grade and my biggest ambition is to become a Rockstar. My dad has offered to get me into a musical academy next year but then I'd have to quit school, while my mum says I could do both. So which decision should I make? Should I do my learning while also studying singing or should I just go to the musical academy and give it my all? Thank you so much, dear Oracle. Solaf, Egypt.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
Please email your replies to theoracle@coldplay.com


2 May 2013 / submitted by Bradley , United Kingdom
Q.  I'm watching the performance at the Paralympic ceremony, noticed a weird mask/ face on Will's bass drum that I haven't noticed before.
Do you know what it represents?
Thanks :-)'
I can't find a decent photo of the drumkit and assumed it was something to do with the Festival Of Flame theme.
Thanks to Kris who told me it was the Paralympic GB team logo.
It was modified so the colours were no longer red, white and blue. It was light blue on a bright graffiti background.
The entire set design was in keeping with the ceremony itself as well as very much reflecting the band's look.



2 May 2013 / submitted by Jared, United States of America
Q.  Greetings Oracle!

I had the amazing opportunity of being able to see Coldplay live during the MX tour when they came to Detroit. I knew they were going to be good, but both my friend and I were shocked at just how good the show was put together and how much we enjoyed it. Anyway, my question is do any other members of the band generally talk to the audience during a show besides Chris? As awesome and funny as Chris is, it would be cool to hear Guy, Jonny, or Will say something during the show. Thanks!
You know what, I don't think I've ever heard anyone but Chris speak to the audience.
Obviously all the guys have a mic for backing vocals but other than perhaps talking to each other or relaying a message to crew, only Chris speaks to the crowd.



1 May 2013 / submitted by Ben, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I've recently online seen some pictures of Chris doing some killer exercises, and I was wondering what is his motivation to do them and stick to it? I am not fat, but I am not in the best shape, and I always start exercising, but I can never stay motivated and stick to it, so what is his motivation?
Thank you
I hear you, Ben - it's the same for me.
I guess being the frontman of a band is motivation enough but Chris (& the rest of the band) are very health conscious and like to keep fit not just whilst touring, but while they are off campaign - as they are now.
The guys are all Dads too which is incentive to keep active but back to you.

What you need to realize is that we're not all the same - we have different body shape, metabolism, weight, ability, flexibility, stamina and will power.
Results of exercise can take sometimes take a long time to appear. That can slow down the motivation too.

Look into what you're trying to achieve and find out what exercises will work best. My top tip is pick an exercise you LIKE. There's no point doing something you hate as it will always feel like a chore.
Mix it up and vary your regime to keep it interesting if that works for you. Exercise can be boring so try classes which will keep you engaged. Or you could go running and make a playlist of songs that will keep you going.
I think the more you do something, the more it becomes a habit, so you'll be able to get into a routine.
There's a lot you can do but keep this in mind: being healthy and fit is important but don't obsess about weight. Like you say, shape is a better angle to see it from. You can tone up and increase your fitness levels and the scales may not change. You'll feel better for it and surely that'll make it worth it?
Use your end goal as your incentive to stick to it.
I feel like I should go to the gym after that!



1 May 2013 / submitted by Jamie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle.

Recently, Chris was pictured at the Emirates Stadium in London watching Arsenal vs Manchester United.

I know Will supports Southampton FC, and Jonny supports Tottenham Hotspur FC, but do you know which teams Chris and Guy follow (if indeed they do?)

If Chris was supporting his 'local' team it would be Exeter City (who play in the 4th division!).

Picture of Chris at the Emirates can be found here.
Thank you very much.
Jay Z has been a fan of Arsenal for some time and has been to their matches a few times. As you can see from the photo, Chris accompanied him at the game against Manchester United last weekend.

As for which team the guys support, you are correct with Will & Jonny's teams. I previously mentioned here that Chris & Guy don't have a particular team.



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
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #117
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.

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