30 March 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 12th April.

My parents had a major fight. I watched it all, and it's been very painful for me since then... I always thought they had a good - not perfect, but a good relationship, and suddenly, everything seems to be going down. I see both of them very unhappy and mad at each other, and I do feel like I have to pick one side of this story. But I could never do something like that. I just wanted to stay quiet about it all, but they keep telling me how sad they are with each other, and I just feel completely lost. I do disagree with many actions of both, but I'm not strong enough to tell them - especially my dad. And the idea of a divorce couldn't be worse for me. Do you have any idea of what can I do, if there's any way to help them? Gabriella, Brazil.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
As next week is Easter, there will be a week's break for Team Oracle.
The Oracle
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29 March 2012 / submitted by George, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I was wondering, with the band travelling across the globe so often to so many places, has there ever been a bad flight experience? (emergency landings, horrendous turbulance)
thanks :)
Yes, inevitably there have been many patches of turbulence over the years but a couple of really bad moments do sprint to my mind.
One I was present for. We were in a very small plane from Vegas to Palm Springs for a Coachella performance. I honestly thought I should try and call home to say my goodbyes as the plane took dips like a rollercoaster. Really rather frightening.
I don't suppose that compares to when Chris went on an Oxfam trip. The plane hit a dust patch on landing causing Chris to fear for his life!

29 March 2012 / submitted by Arthur, Paraguay
Q.  Is Guy going to be in NYC for The Pierces's concert on Thursday night?
I shouldn't think so Arthur as he lives in the U.K and as far as I know, is at home at the moment.

28 March 2012 / submitted by Ben, United Kingdom
Q.  Last week I went on a geography trip to Studland Bay where the music video for Yellow was filmed - why was this beach, of all beaches chosen?
James Frost (one half of the video's directing team) said it was their producer who suggested it.
As is usual with videos, several locations are given as options before a scout of those places are carried out. Studland Bay was actually the first they visited and as soon as they saw it they knew immediately it was the right place to film.

28 March 2012 / submitted by Johanna, United States of America
Q.  Shalom.
The other day I saw a post on Rihanna's Facebook page that said she was on the set of Coldplay's Princess of China video. But I haven't seen anything about it from Coldplay. Are they making one?
PH (Phil) did actually post a photo of Chris on Coldplay's twitter a few days ago.

27 March 2012 / submitted by Mega Elizabeth, Indonesia
Q.  Hey Oracle I have seen coldplay video.. Charlie Brown. who the boy in ya video? Thx .. handsome boy.

His name is Elliott Tittensor.

27 March 2012 / submitted by Leah, Trinidad and Tobago
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I bought tickets to see Coldplay on 24th July in Montreal with 4 other friends.
The Ticket we received says Section 205 "Obstructed view". The Bell Centre said that they won't know how obstructed the view will be because they don't know the stage setup....

We're flying in all the way from Trinidad & Tobago to see the show and I'm hoping that we didn't get stuck with poor viewing :((((

Can you help or provide any info re: stage plan for Bell Centre at Montreal?? Thanks!
The stage set-up is 360 degree so you'll be able to see wherever your seats are. Obstructed view usually suggests some part of the supports and/or beams so you will definitely need to check with the venue to find out whereabouts Section 205 places you in relation to the structure.

27 March 2012 / submitted by Julia, Brazil
Q.  Is the drawing of the butterfly from LeftRightLeftRightLeft original? If not, where does it come from?
Yes. If you've been lucky enough to attend one of the Viva shows and be even luckier to get yourself a confetti butterfly, you'll see that it is the same shape as the lrlrl logo.
In fact, taking luck one step further into the realms of luckiest, if you had a physical copy of the lrlrl CD, if you put your confetti butterfly atop the logo butterfly, they are exactly the same size as well as shape.

26 March 2012 / submitted by Kristin, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle, is it wrong to go to a concert alone?
I have been to loads of concerts on my own. If you have nobody to go with you at least you will be in a place where everyone is there for the same thing and will have a great time with like minded folk.

26 March 2012 / submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Is the band's studio (The Beehive/Bakery) truly located in Northern London, particularly Camden Town area?
This past weekend I was in London for the first time and had a blast. Such an amazing city. I looked on the internet for pictures and locations of the studios, and I think that I found the right area.
Are you able to confirm that I was at the right place?
It's located in North London yes but not technically in Camden Town. From your description you were at the right place but the band wouldn't have been there though (they're not presently there either). Aw I hope you didn't spend too much time waiting when there are so many more fun things to do in London.