12 June 2012 / submitted by Rachael, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle.
I noticed that the drum machine Will uses during Up In Flames has quite a noticable gap between when the pad is hit and when the sound is emitted. How difficult does this make things for him? How does he overcome these difficulties? Thanks.
P.S. The second Ethiad show was brilliant. So good to see Warning Sign coming back! One of my favourites.
Listening to soundchecks in stadiums is amazing because when they are empty the sound literally bounces off everything. Dan Green has to do an incredible job of working out variables to gauge what the difference will be when that stadium is full of several thousands of people.
There are moments like the aforementioned drum machine where you can see/hear the latency (for that is its name). It's a factor many performers learn how to deal with.
I also notice at the back of some large venues the screen appear to be showing everything out of synch but that again is the distance and time it takes for sound to travel making it look out of time.
Pretty tricky to deal with but luckily the guys have an amazing sound system in place and their in-ear monitors will be geared to cope as much as possible.

12 June 2012 / submitted by Bryan, United Kingdom
Q.  I have a complaint to make about a recent Coldplay concert I went to at the emirates in London on 2nd June 2012! I payed 50 for a ticket and believe that this amount was not in my opinion acceptable!

Basically the boys blew my mind and I feel the ticket should of cost more for the best night of my life! Can I please send you a further amount of money to show my appreciation?

Brilliant! Bloody brilliant!
Bryan, I think I love you. What an amazing thing to read on a damp, grey, miserable Tuesday in June (June and it's STILL raining!!)
I suppose you could always save the extra money for when the #Coldplayfilm arrives?
Or donate it to a charity of your choice.
I agree though, it's worth every penny and more.

12 June 2012 / submitted by Bernie, United States of America
Q.  Why is it that the set list stays almost exactly the same the entire tour? It's a great set regardless but doesn't the band get tired of playing the same songs in the same order night after night?

First time asking a question to the almighty Oracle so fingers crossed for a response!
The production of a show can be very complicated and take a lot of time to prepare to get it perfect. This show particularly doesn't lend itself to much change. I am aware of a very few number acts who change their set during a tour so it isn't unusual not to - it's more usual in fact.
A few songs have been replaced and moved around since the festivals last year and the latter end of the year's dates.
The band buzz so much off playing the songs live to a different crowd every night that no, they don't get bored.

11 June 2012 / submitted by Carolina, Mexico
Q.  Hello, I was just watching this photo, are the two men standing alongside of the stage extension floating? There is one with an orange vest and another one all in black, at the left side of the runway...

Greetings from Mexico!
I asked Roadie #42 why those gents appear to have no legs. He informed me that "the crowd shots are made up of between 20 and 50 individual photos all stitched together. Occasionally on the joins, things get a bit odd. The best was the fella on the front row with three eyes, but the less said about that, the better..."
A p.s. followed.
"Didn't Lawnmower Death have an album called Got No Legs? Don't Come Running To Me..."?
Not quite. Lawnmower Deth did record a track called Got No Legs? Don't Come Crawling to Me though.

11 June 2012 / submitted by Meagan, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle, who is the guy that has been holding signs in the front row of 5 different panoramas?? Do the band know him? He must be so lucky to get to go to so many Coldplay shows!
No, we don't know him. One of his signs said "I follow you" and as you can see, he does indeed! He has certainly put the effort in getting there early enough to get to the front too!
Maybe he will write to me and reveal his identity...

8 June 2012 / submitted by Cosette, France
A few weeks ago, my boyfriend told me that he thought this other girl was pretty, and we got in a minor fight about it, but it all ended well. But just a few days ago, I thought I heard him say something like 'she was pretty', I again got mad. He didn't have to say it, even though he was thinking it, ya know? But it turns out he said something else entirely and I had misheard. Now he's very angry with me because he thinks I don't trust him when he says he doesn't like another girl. I feel so ashamed and I love him dearly and had made a huge awful mistake. I don't know who else to go to, and I can't let such a mistake turn into a huge fight that ruins our relationship, which had been going steady for almost a year and a half. I just can't do that. Can you spare some advice to fix this mistake?
Cosette, you made one mistake based on something that had upset you; don't be too harsh on yourself. On the one hand it's ok to feel mad when your boyfriend says someone else is pretty but on the other, he didn't say he fancied her, prefers her to you or is about to run off with her. If you've been together a year and a half and this is the first time he's done it, don't panic, it was an insensitive observation. I wouldn't like it either by the way, so you're not alone.
If you feel insecure about other people's good looks and your boyfriend commenting on them, that is the issue you must deal with here.
Why does it bother you? Is it because you fear he will leave you? Let me tell you something... he is more likely to leave if you accuse of him of things and mistrust him.
Try to work out why you feel this way. If it is because your self-esteem is low, you'll need to work on that.
The good news is your boyfriend is going out with YOU not the girl he though was pretty so there's obviously something special about you that he likes. I'm sure he didn't mean to hurt your feelings but if he does it again, gently tell your fella that you're uncomfortable hearing comments about other girls but trust him.
If someone is pretty, it's a shame we can't acknowledge that with our girl/boyfriends. I think because she is "real" and not a singer, actor or model is probably making it threatening to you.
For the relationship to last you need to be able to communicate your fears to him but you also need to trust him or else it will fall apart.
Good luck.
Over to you.

Well I have to say that you did screw up on 2 things. 1 is that you couldn't get over the fact that he said one time that he thought 1 other girl then you was pretty. And 2 you shouldn't have to get so upset over things just agree or disagree but don't blow it out of proportion just say what's on your mind and don't yell. And one other thing, say that your boyfriend said an actress was pretty would you get mad? I hope I helped and didn't make you mad and if I did I'm very sorry but I'm around a yelling family most of the time and I hate it so just breathe!
Mollie U.S.A

Alright, remember, the first things to do is "Don't panic",(sorry, I can't help the refrences, it is a coldplay site after all...) and be calm when you talk to him. When you do see your boyfriend, you need to let him know that your just worried about losing him, about having someone take him away. He just doesn't want to look like he's trying to go off with someone else, that's why he's angry. He doesn't see that you are just afraid. You need to show him that you trust him, that you can let him live his part of life with peace of mind, knowing that you believe in him, and understand him. If he truely likes you, he'd understand, but try not to overdue the apology. just make sure to let him know that you totally and securely trust the guy, and it'll be like it never happened. Knowing it will work out, your friend, J.

It seems that you are misjudging your boyfriend, you have no reason to get angry at him for calling a girl pretty. Acknowledging someones beauty is doesn't mean he prefers her over you, he's in a relationship with you because not only does he consider you beautiful, but he's in love with you. I'm encouraging you to ease up on him, and just remember that he may say another girl is pretty, but he'd take you over them any day. Just apologize, and tell him that you didn't mean to blow up at him, and just lighten up, you don't want a conflict to cloud your relationship like this.
Best wishes, Bradley H.

It seems like all that occurred between the two of you is a misunderstanding. Your boyfriend should understand your frustration when he openly admits finding another girl pretty or attractive. However, he shouldn't be angry with your reaction, especially if you misheard him. Let him know that what you heard was different from what he said, and that his anger is stemming from a simple miscommunication. It's silly for such a small mistake to blow out of proportion. Give him time to find his bearings, and he will come around. Warm regards, Blake.

The two of you are in a committed relationship and when something like this comes up, the best thing to do is just apologise. Tell him how sorry you are and how afraid you are that this would come between you. If you two are meant to be together, something like this will definitely not stand in your way. Everybody makes mistakes. You know that, he knows that. So just talk to him and it will be okay. Sincerely, Medina.

It may not be about trusting him as much as it might be about the amount of confidence you have in yourself. This can cause a lot of problems, especially when you have a lot to lose. You didn't say a lot about when or how he said the girl was pretty, and I think it also depends on who it is, but I'd try not to worry about it. There are a lot of good looking people out there, and I think you should be able to be honest about it. Him thinking someone is pretty, doesn't necessarily mean he likes that person, he might not even know her, and think she's attractive. You've been together for some time, my guess is, he likes you a lot. Try to remember that. I guess it does depends on your relationship, so you should really just talk about what bothers you or not. In the end though, you're going to have to shove all insecurities aside if you want to move on from this. Hope it works out for you. Love, Darem.

Do you look at other guys and think they're good looking? If you do I guess we could say the problem is the saying it out loud. It's funny really how we can get upset over such things because it's natural as humans to look at others and have an opinion based on looks. I'd be more worried if there was a female friend he has who you didn't feel was a threat to you in the looks department but who made him laugh loads and he talked about all the time! Looks are just looks, so unless it was a deeper comment about a person, I'd say - don't worry about it.

Thanks to all those who replied to this week's question.
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8 June 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 14th June.

I hope you can give me some advice. I've decided I want a small, subtle tattoo, but my boyfriend finds them "dirty and unattractive" and he thinks any woman with a tattoo is gross. Obviously I want him to be attracted to me, but at the same time, my body belongs to me and only me, and I'd like to put a little artwork on it. Do you think it would really jeopardize my relationship? What should I do?! D.G.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
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7 June 2012 / submitted by James, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was suprised/disappointed when Coldplay were not at the Diamond Jubilee concert, because Chris and Gary Barlow are friends and Coldplay were in London at the time, so was it that Coldplay were never invited to perform or they were and refused?
Yes, Coldplay were in London at the time but performing their 3rd and final London show at the Emirates Stadium - that Gary Barlow attended on the first night.
They were asked to but as you now know, they were unable to.

7 June 2012 / submitted by Michael, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Guys
Would really appreciate your help! What was the attendance at Coldplay's gig on the 4th of June at the Emirates? I would estimate it between 55,000-70,000 could that be right? Couldn't find information anywhere so would be desperate for an answer. Cheers
By the way: That gig was the BEST thing I've ever been to :) !!!
Just me I'm afraid Michael. I'm pretty sure it was just under 60,000.
The huge stage set, runway and rigs take away a section of the stadium so even with the standing capacity on the pitch, it doesn't quite make it back up to the 60,361 it is on match days.

7 June 2012 / submitted by Gabriela, Paraguay
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was wondering what do you feel about the Princess of China video? It seems to be a lot of mixed emotions about it. Personally I can't find the connection between the video and the song's lyrics. Also I've been reading that a lot of people are questioning the fact that there are Ninjas in the video, which are originally from Japan so.. I guess there's no relevance in their appearance. Anyhow, hope you're doing well and I'll wait for a possible answer! Thanks!
Videos aren't necessarily a literal visual translation of the audio. They may sometimes take a line or a theme but it's not set in stone.
I think the PoC video is great by the way - like a short film. Looks very classy and I've always loved the song.