23 November 2012 / 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 now 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 before midnight Thursday 29th November.

Sometimes we reach that point where we lose it. Where we don't know what to do. I think I have reached that point. I don't know how to explain it, I just feel so lost. I look at myself in the mirror and feel so unfullfilled and unhappy. I know how fortunate I am for the things I have but I never feel that feeling of happiness. Everyday I remind myself that I'll be out of this town, free,happy, and independent. But how can I be happy now? Clara, USA.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
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22 November 2012 / submitted by Francisco, Brazil
Q.  I was wondering why the song Politik was named in German? Is there a special reason? Why it's not Politic?

Cheers, Francisco
A while back, Chris gave an interview about it: "Phil said to me ‘Oh, you should have a song called Politic.' And I said ‘Oh, all right'. It's as simple as that. Because if he says something you do it, unless it's something naff, but we liked it because it sounds Eastern... Russian. But it is meant to be with a K. We like it as a song title."

22 November 2012 / submitted by Miguel, Mexico
Q.  Oracle,

Reading some of your answers, I think that Yellow is the most played song in the history of Coldplay's concerts.

Is there an album song that has never been sung live? If not, which is the least perfomed song?
I think you may be right, Miguel. Yellow must be the most performed Coldplay song over the past decade or so.
Twisted Logic from X&Y wasn't played live (not even on the Twisted Logic tour).
Aside from that, I'd say if we're going off songs that have been performed - but not often - Moving To Mars is probably the least performed.

21 November 2012 / submitted by Katelyn, United States of America
Q.  Is there any personal meaning behind the writing of Paradise to the band?
There was a newspaper that reported the song was inspired by the 'everyday childhood disappointments' experienced by Chris' daughter.
He himself said: "Paradise is about a girl really, the female half of the album, just about being a bit lost in the world and escaping through fantasy."
Don't forget, the band also said the album is more of a concept album than anything.

21 November 2012 / submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q.  Hello Almighty One,
I just purchased the Live 2012 CD/DVD and it is fantastic. While looking through the included art booklet, I noticed something. On the last page, underneath the song symbols, it reads 'YMCVJMAJRNKGAM'.
What do these letters stand for?
I hope that you and the band have a great Thanksgiving!
The band have published similar before and I know many fans worked it out. Those letters are the initials of the band's nearest & dearest. From left to right they are the significant other & children of Phil, Jonny, Will, Guy & Chris.

20 November 2012 / submitted by AnnHoney, Colombia
Q.  Hi Guys! I'm a Graphic Designer and I'm pretty impressed with your graphics ideas. Last week I saw your movie on theaters and I can't remember the name of your designer on stage. The person who painted all your instruments and has the graffiti idea... who was... I think was a girl named Milly or something like that.
The band actually came up with the graffiti idea initially and drafted in Paris. He (& his girlfriend Milk) painted the set, drapes and instruments etc. but Misty Buckley is the set designer.

20 November 2012 / submitted by Fabio, Italy
Q.  Do the guys have at least one personal copy of all of their own CDs, EPs, singles, etc.? Are they all in good conditions?
For example, do they all have their copy of the Safety EP at home? And, in case, what is what they don't have? :)
Thanks, Fabio
I'm pretty sure they won't all have Safety EP but I know there are a couple of cassettes knocking around..
The thing is, when you're in a band and making demos, you're not really thinking about keeping a copy back for posterity.
All their released material CDs are kept at their studio so no, they don't keep copies at home.
I have a very rare 7" at home and the creator of that vinyl doesn't have his own copy. I did consider giving him mine but then changed my mind...

20 November 2012 / submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Do you make an appearance in the new concert film? Someone claimed it was you at 1:47 during HLH, although I doubt the Oracle would ever admit to a public appearance.

Although I was there at the Paris show (and Madrid) I don't pop up. I normally stand quite far back or wander round to see it from all angles.
I'm not in any backstage footage either...

19 November 2012 / submitted by Terry, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, how many guitars have been wrecked by the throw at the end of GPASUYF? Looks like a damaging throw!
Looks can be deceiving. Sometimes the guitar needs serious first aid and Hoppy will spend a long time repairing it but guitars are pretty durable so sometimes there's little to no damage.

19 November 2012 / submitted by Fiona, United Kingdom
Q.  I thought Coldplay do their recording at the Beehive and Bakery back home?
They do - when they are back home. When they aren't and the mood takes them, they use local studios. They've done this many times before in places such as Chicago, New York, Barbados...