11 December 2012 / submitted by Angelica, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was just wondering one thing. Is Dan Portanier the "trainer" (seen at the back of the Mylo Xyloto tour book) a voice coach or physical trainer or a trainer to keep the boys from bursting into 5 year olds??
The final part of your question made me laugh, thank you.
Dan - affectionately known to us all as Trainer Dan - is the band's personal trainer in the physical workout sense.

11 December 2012 / submitted by Alex, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Why in the lyrics of Moving To Mars is there a '76543'? What does it mean?
Rockets launches are counted down to lift off from 10 to 1 so in Moving to Mars when Chris sings '76543' that's the reference he's making.

11 December 2012 / submitted by Carolina, Mexico
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I bought The Amazing Spider-Man movie and in the part where Peter is doing skate tricks, there is a song that I think Chris is singing. Is it true? What's the name of that song?
Tanks! I hope your reply guys :)
Greetings from Puerto Vallarta!
I haven't seen the film myself but I do know that it's 'Til Kingdom Come - the hidden track from X&Y - that is playing in the film.

10 December 2012 / submitted by Ethan, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle,
I am just curious to know how does the band get to the C stage? I know that they come back through the crowd, do they go that way as well to the C stage?
Many Thanks,
Coldplay For Life!:D
It depends on the venue. In the Live 2012 film, there's footage of the band driving buggies around the corridors taking them to the back of the arena and then they run down the aisle to the C stage.
In the stadiums they walk around the back of the stage to come out half way down and are escorted through the crowd via a makeshift walkway fashioned from tapes used to cordon a section off for easy access.

10 December 2012 / submitted by MF, United States of America
Q.  Greetings from Massachusetts!

1. How long did it take Chris to learn unicycle... or did he already know?

2. How do people put web links in their words?

Thanks, Oracle!
Chris did already know how to ride a unicycle before the Paradise video shoot.
People don't put the webs links in their text; I do that here before I post.
If you want to know how, there's a code to make hyperlinks that you can easily find via your preferred search engine.

10 December 2012 / submitted by Jennifer, Australia
Q.  I was wondering, did Rhianna help Coldplay write Princess of China or was she just selected to sing it as a duet with them? (meaning they wrote the song on their own)

Also, why Rhianna and not someone else such as Alicia Keys?
Although Coldplay LOVE Alicia Keys and have performed with her, there was no doubt that Princess of China was meant for Rihanna from the very inception of the song. The band wrote it & recorded it before Rihanna's vocals were added.

7 December 2012 / submitted by Paul, United States of America
I have been recently out of a relationship. Truth be told, for a time it was amazing beyond the cosmos. You hear stories of how two people meet and fall in love that sounds like it was ripped right out the movies. But truth be told, it was quite simply a love that will and cannot be ever be replicated. It was the perfect conditions for a perfect love. Somewhere in that ether, the relationship could not withstand all the changes that surmounted that culminated in these two people being put in a very unfamiliar place. Simply put, we were taken out of what we knew and moved to mars. It was a once in a lifetime love. I doubt it will ever happen again. But if she sees this, I want her to know that I'll always be around and bond is strong. I wanted let these thoughts permeate into the universe. My question is, "Can lighting strike twice?"
Lightning can always strike twice.
It all sounds jolly romantic the way you've described it, Paul but as you may know, I'm an old cynic so forgive me if I burst that bubble. I shall try not to.

Some love isn't meant to last but usually there's an "end" not just a break-up. Whether there's infidelity or people fall out of love, something changes . I'm not talking about a career change or a move across the world here. I don't know your end reason but I can't help wonder why. I know you allude to the fact that it was out of your hands but unless death has intervened I have to say if it really was that amazing, it would still be that amazing.
It sounds like it's too soon to be asking your question. You're clearly holding this past relationship in such high esteem, no woman could ever come close to matching that until you let go and let it become a lovely part of your past. It could take a long time before you feel ready for love again. Try not to have any expectations; that way you won't be disappointed.
Some people don't experience what you have in once lifetime so be happy and grateful knowing you had such a great love.
I confess I am speaking from experience. I was lucky enough to feel those feelings - more than once. There were "ends".
With the passage of time, I now look at it all differently. I don't mind if they're never to be repeated. It'd be great to think they may be but that's one of life's mysteries.
Let it unfold and be open to the notion that yes, why not? Lightning can always strike twice.
Over to you.

Unfortunately or thankfully - it can very well! You sound empathic and visionary, you have a gain in experience now. I’m quite sure it will happen to you and it will happen at a moment you are not expecting it. Then you will be glad that it did not happen before and you don’t need to decide for one and against another!
Every love is singular, some miss a lasting orbit for any reason. The best thing we can save from a broken relationship is being friends, though a tricky difficult thing!
You are still not totally through with your last painful experience and it takes time.It is important to close this chapter finally for ever in your mind; if you don’t you would always compare a new love with the lost one - no good start for a happy relationship. I hope lucky stars will show you the right path! L.Q.

What you and your girlfriend had was pretty special, and you were really lucky for that. 
I suppose with change comes inevitable hardship. I'm sure the case wasn't that you jumped ship immediately but all relationships need work. They are never perfect as yours may have been for that time, and as strained as they sometimes become its almost always worth it to try and save. 
Although a break may be just what you need, you can reacclimatise to your surroundings and rediscover those things that brought you two star crossed lovers together. Who knows, you might be brought together again and your love might be strong enough to withstand the changes that too often inconvenience our lives. 
And so to your actual question 'Can lighting strike twice?' I have two answers to this; the simple one is yes and no, but more yes. The probability of being struck twice by lightning is infinitesimal but the chances of recreating lost love is a lot greater, I predict. The not so simple answer is that it depends on whether what you had at the core of your relationship is deep enough to pull you through the bad times as well as the good. Of course only you two know that and if it feels like you don't know now you better find out. Unlike lightning, relationships don't happen on their own so excuse me for ripping off your advice Oracle but make it happen! Wishing you all the best, Naomi x

Many people tend to hold on to that love that seems 'perfect' and 'irreplaceable'. If you want the lightning to strike twice, you have to make it happen before she moves on. Bring back the perfect memories to her. Make her see that you love her, and she's irreplaceable. Make her seem that you want to spend the rest of your life with her. Love is tough, and if you want to soften it out, you have to do something about it. Hope I have been of any help and good luck, K x.

I don’t know if the question should be “Can lighting strike twice?”, or “Can love strike twice?” And the answer to that question is a definite YES! I don’t want to minimize your situation, because when your world crashes in around you it hurts and it’s hard to move on. But as in the words of the musical “Annie”, “The sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, there’ll be sun…” So take some time, hang with your friends, find a way to brighten someone else’s day, have dinner with someone… This might also be a good time to take a look at your life from a different perspective. Is it on track? Are you the person you want to be? This is a great time to put things in motion get that degree, look for a new job, go on that trip, (I love road trips.) All the best and Good Luck! David.

You will always treasure the love that you both had - it sounds really special! In answer to your question "can lightning strike twice?" i think that if you are asking will you fall in love the same way with someone else, yes, you might! Or, the love in your new relationship might be just as wonderful, but in a different way! If you are asking whether you and your ex could ever re-experience the intensity and romance of your relationship, well, I think that yes,  you can! But every relationship takes working on to deepen and strengthen etc, so that will be up to both of you! I don’t know how you feel, but I think relationships are truly 'organic' in that they grow, change, strengthen, etc as we do, and if we let them. As people change & grow, the relationship/feelings/intensity will also change, grow, etc. But Paul, I do think it’s important that if you are to enter into a new relationship to remember that no woman likes to feel she is being compared to an ex, so, cherish the memories of your wonderful times and relationship with your ex, but embrace the future, whichever, whatever, it may be! I hope this helps a little? All the best! Cali.

Yes, lightning can strike twice! Just because one amazing relationship ended, doesn’t mean a new and possibly even more amazing relationship isn’t in your future. Keep the faith! It ended because wasn’t meant to be – at least not right now. Such a love as the one you described may be hard to get over and that is completely understandable, but instead of mourning what is lost, remember the good times that made you smile. And keep in mind: lightning can strike twice, maybe even better the second time. Best wishes, Medina.

Maybe its that same lightning at a different stage. I think it depends on whether both of you are willing to give it another try. Im sorry if this doesn't help much, I think you should just talk to her that way you know if there is any chance left. It mostly depends on if the feelings or hopes are mutual. Good luck. Love, Darem.

No, lightning will never, ever strike twice. Fortunately, love isn't lightning, now is it? As for Coldplay's advice, "Don't let it break your heart!' Things happen, let time do its thing and just keep going. It hurts now, but when the right person finally does come along, you'll be ready. As for now, try finding things to keep your mind clear, and to enjoy. As a personal recommendation, I recommend listening to Coldplay, playing sports, and finding a productive hobby to do. Good luck to you, J.

I've heard about a man who was struck twice by actual lightning.  So, I definitely believe it can happen in terms of relationships!  Unfortunately, the relationship you described seems to be one of those fleeting flames, and those moments of intense brightness between two people never seem to last long enough.  If and when something like this does happen again, with someone else or even the cosmic girl you describe, don't compare it to what you had before.  If you do, there is a strong chance you will be let down because it will not be identical or meet your expectations.  Instead of trying to follow this relationship by chasing lightning, step to the side and start something entirely new.  Best of luck, Blake.

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.

7 December 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 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 13th December.

Okay, I know this may not seem as that big a problem, but it is to me! I live in a house with my parents and my older brother. My brother plays guitar. And when he plays I always get in a really bad mood. There is just something about it that makes me wanna trap him by the throat. It's not that it is heavy rock or anything, but lets face it - guitar alone without a band just does not sound that good. The biggest problem is that every time he plays I listen to loud music to drown it out. I can, however, not concentrate with music like that, and this means I can never do my homework when he plays, which is often. I have tried to talk to him about it, but he won't turn down the volume or anything. I took me several years just to make him stop playing while I was sleeping (which he still does quite often because he "forgets"). I myself play the piano, but at least I have the curtisy to play quietly. I don't know what to do, but I know I have to do something, when it is affecting my education and my good mood. Isn't there something I can do? Alice, Denmark.

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The Oracle
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6 December 2012 / submitted by Jake, Australia
Q.  HEY!!! Coldplay's first Sydney show was spectacular and absolutely outstanding! Quick question: I noticed that for songs like Paradise, Charlie Brown, In My Place, Major Minus - that Jonny wasn't using his 2 regular 'MX graffiti' guitars, instead he was using a sunburst tele. Do you know why?
Thanks! The whole Coldplay team are amazing!
Thanks to Matt McGinn (Jonny's guitar tech) for this in depth response:
"Well, that one (which is called 'Sunny' - they've all got names) is Jonny's total favourite. He's had it about ten years and has played it on most of the albums and tours since Rush Of Blood - it's actually the one he's holding if you look at the band photo from that album cover. There's just something about the two of them that seems to click. It sounds amazing, for a start. And he's really happy when he's playing it, as you might have noticed.

I can't remember where he picked it up - maybe Chicago? - but, if you're interested, it's a '72 Thinline from about 1974. It's half hollow - so, semi-semi acoustic, I guess - and has a lot of really nice gouges in it from being thoroughly thwacked. All still original, as far as I know. I reckon it must've cost him about 2000 US dollars but God knows what it'd be worth now. You can get a pretty good Fender copy/reissue these days for a lot less, off the peg, that might turn out lovely after a few years of playing it. That's the thing, any old guitar can be amazing if you love it enough.

It - or should I say 'she', since, like ships, all guitars are girls - was sidelined for awhile and only used on 'Scientist' but then we got so soaked, boiled and frozen on the last European stadium run that all the other Tele's got in a total mess; impossible to tune, playing like old dogs etc. I decided to hand him Sunny out of desperation one night right before Fix You (I forget what town) and when he did the opening riff it was like a light coming on. He just looked round at me and we knew she had to come back for good.

Glad you liked the Sydney gig - so did I!"

6 December 2012 / submitted by Natalie, Australia
Q.  Dearest Oracle,

Chris played a snippet of My Happiness by Powderfinger in Brisbane and I wondered if he did that at each of the gigs in Australia, or just in Brisbane as Powderfinger came from Brisbane? Are all of the band members fans of Powderfinger, or is there another significance to Chris's piano solo on My Happiness? I just about died when he started singing that song, it was an awesome moment!

It's as simple as a tribute to a great Brisbane band whilst performing in Brisbane.
Like the last question, it's a very Chris thing to do. It's quite usual for there to be a nod to a local legend.