Oracle
25 July 2014 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I 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 31 July.

I have this optimistic feeling around me, where everything is possible even in the darker, difficult, uncomfortable moments of life. I'm telling you this because suddenly I realized that my family is awesome even when my parents aren't the best example of a couple. They had horrible arguments in front of us; my siblings were more affected on their behaviour than me. Now, my brother, sister and myself are in a stage where we can say we have succeeded.
I'm so proud of them, the three of us have a degree or are about to get it, so I wanted to share with the whole world their achievements as I've heard stories of children that because of their loneliness they tend to forget their dreams. My siblings are a clear example of 'being hardworking brings you hope'. That's why I want to ask, do you have a wonderful story which makes you be proud of everyone who is around you?
Maybe my story and my question could sound silly or not enough interesting but I believe the world needs to hear or read more hopeful stories rather than harmful ones.
Thanks in advance, you're such a lovely person!
PS. And the last thing I want to share is my favourite phrase at the moment 'Life gives us colourful challenges' mentioned by one member of my favourite band Coldplay! Isabel, Mexico.


Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.
Please email your replies to theoracle@coldplay.com
Including your twitter address may result in a follow back.



24 July 2014 / submitted by Danny, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!

I have just been watching the Life in Technicolor ii video, and for the first time I noticed a sign that said 'Heswall Village Fete' I'm wondering whether the video was recorded in Heswall, Merseyside?

Thanks!

Danny :)
No, it wasn't. Dougal Wilson - the director - talked to Anchorman about the location:
"I wanted it to be in a very unsuspecting English village hall, so I tried to find the kind of place where the local ladies guild would have their meetings. But it was quite hard to find places that weren't being used, because those sort of halls are always being used by the table tennis club, or something. We searched for ages and then that one became available. It's in a place called Aldenham which is near Watford. Interestingly it's the same village where they shot the TV adaptation of the Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, called Village Of The Damned. So it's got some film heritage."



24 July 2014 / submitted by Nathan, United Kingdom
Q.  Greetings Oracle,

I noticed that somebody by the name of "Tree" submitted a very rude question a while back about a video competition of sorts. What was that about?

P.s. I loved your response.

Nathan
Ha! I had forgotten all about that, Nathan. In October 2008, we launched a competition for fans to make a video to Lost?
Tree quite clearly got the hump.

Paul O' Brien was the eventual (worthy) winner.



24 July 2014 / submitted by Sophia, Canada
Q.  Hey Oracle!

What are your thoughts about loving two people at the same time? Is it possible?
I do believe it's possible to love more than one person at the same time. I wouldn't advise or encourage anyone to try and conduct relationships with more than one at a time - unless of course you're somewhere where polygamy is legal and that's your belief.


23 July 2014 / submitted by jamie davidson, United States of America
Q.  Has Coldplay ever recorded the song I Can't Stand to Fly and if so what CD is it on?
No. The song is called Superman (It's Not Easy) by Five For Fighting. For some inexplicable reason, it's been credited as Coldplay by many.


23 July 2014 / submitted by Aaron, United States of America
Q.  What other genres of music would you like to see Coldplay dabble in in the future? I would love to hear them doing something with hip-hop.
They sort of have dabbled in hip-hop. Collaborations with Jay Z, Kanye... They fulfil me musically speaking but after being blown away by Postcards From Far Anyway, maybe more classical with the whole band playing.


23 July 2014 / submitted by Maya, United States of America
Q.  I love music with a passion. No matter what, I always have it. But sometimes i find it frustrating that theres nothing I can do with it. No one to appreciate it or help me finish a song or teach me new chords. I'm not saying I want to become well-known, or famous (which would be a dream, but not reality), but I just want someone to hear my voice. Coldplay is by far the most inspiring, talented band and I cry everytime I listen to their albums because it's so emotional.. I just don't know what to do with all of it. I play your songs on piano and guitar, but what after that? There's nothing else left to do...
Where is all this negativity coming from? "Nothing I can do about it". "No one to appreciate it". "There's nothing else left to do". Since you're not craving fame, there is plenty you can do with it. Join a group, band, choir, orchestra - anything! Find someone who shares the same passion. Play your music to people. Take lessons. Busk. Do gigs. Sing. Those are just some suggestions. My advice? Stop self-sabotaging & start doing!


22 July 2014 / submitted by Mdla, Venezuela
Q.  Dear Oracle. Which are the advantages and disadvantages of living in London?
Advantages: There is always something to see & do to suit all tastes - and budgets. 24 hour buses. Tube. Disadvantages: Extortionate house prices (renting included). Card clash on the underground. Traffic. Travel time to some of your mates' houses who also live in London.


22 July 2014 / submitted by Anna, United Kingdom
Q.  Hiya Oracle!
I was wondering, do any of the band have names for their instruments?
I know that Jonny's guitars have names (Sunny, Punky...) but I don't know if Guy & Chris name their instruments, sorry. I can't imagine Will calls the kit anything.


22 July 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

In the lyrics of some older songs, Coldplay sings about 'my feet don't touch the ground.' What does it actually mean? I'd love to know that.
Isabelle
No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground was the earliest song to mention the whole feet/ground scenario. The line 'my feet won't touch the ground" appeared more recently on Life in Technicolor ii. I always imagine it refers to feeling high / ecstatically happy but to not get carried away by it all. People tend to warn people to keep their feet on the ground when amazing things happen (success for example) - literally "stay grounded".



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