20 February 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

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 before midnight Thursday 26 February.

Have you ever wanted to express to someone how much they mean to you and how grateful you are for them but there just aren't words that exist that will properly convey what you feel? What do you do? Carrie. USA.

Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.
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19 February 2015 / submitted by Wayne, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
The bells chiming toward the end of Oceans sound somewhat like the bells heard on Pink Floyd's High Hopes (Division Bell album). Any influence, am I hallucinating?
You're hallucinating, mate. Church bells are church bells the world over. They all have a similar sound given they're all church bells.
To me, Oceans' bells sound like wedding bells whereas the bells in High Hopes sound like chimes. Just my opinion.
Given Coldplay wrote a song called Wedding Bells, I don't think there's a Pink Floyd connection to bells. That's not to say they aren't a genius band but not an influence in this case.

19 February 2015 / submitted by Veronika, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I love reading your answers...
I am interested in your answer to a question. You posted a link but my PC warned me because of malware. Could you please post another link to another page?
Thank you :)
I'm sorry but I can't do that. Any hyperlink that I post is from a trusted source and is safe to open.

18 February 2015 / submitted by Ashlyn, United States of America
Q.  Where did the idea of the running man animation come from for Charlie Brown? I absolutely love it and I have always wondered!

Sorry if you have already answered this one.
much much love
The multicoloured fuzzy man (as he's often referred to) was one of the first graphics associated with Mylo Xyloto.
The original plan was to use "him" in a video for the first single but it just didn't quite work. Everyone liked the idea so much that when the opportunity to use him as part of the live shows came up, not only was it was a perfect solution but a perfect fit.

18 February 2015 / submitted by Conrad, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle,

how is the lighting of the origami stars on stage working?

Thank you!
I wish you a merry Advent season
This may sound strange but when we gave the instructions of how to make the origami stars, we deliberately didn't mention the lights because it could have caused a plethora of fire hazards.
Paper is obviously highly inflammable & safety procedures must be adhered to.
Looking at the stage I assume in that case, they're illuminated by battery operated LED lights.

17 February 2015 / submitted by Faye, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Just curious, generally (not specifically Coldplay) how long is there between an album being completely recorded (the last day in studio) and the release/the album going on sale to the public?

Thanks :) LOVE YOU!
It depends. As you can imagine there are many reasons that it can be faster or slower than average. The last day of recording in the studio, is followed by post-production, mixing, mastering and manufacture - there may also be (as is the case with Coldplay) late additions to the album.
It's usually been 2 or 3 months after the songs are recorded before album release but that's not set in stone.

17 February 2015 / submitted by Daniel, United States of America
Q.  I loved the gig that the band performed at the iTunes Festival in Austin last year. I really wish there were plans to release an EP or even a DVD of the performance. Are there plans for either of those?
I shouldn't think so. It's nothing to do with the artists who performed there as iTunes Festival own rights to those recordings. It's a question for them but they usually just have live streams which are available for a while after. They may make them available again but I can't see it being in a physical format.

17 February 2015 / submitted by Jamie, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle, Hope you're weather in London is better than mine in Chicago. I'm wondering, if you were to buy tickets to a Coldplay show, where would you try to sit? I like the idea of being on the runway or stage, but people there seems to spend the show looking up. I'd love to be close and get a great view at once, if that's possible.
It's all down to personal choice. Arenas are floor seated, stadiums are standing so you may wish to sit at the sides.
I remember once buying tickets (on the phone) for the Rolling Stones and they offered me seats at the back of the stadium. I asked if there was anything closer to the front and ended up 4 rows from the stage. Sometimes people assume you want the overall best view of the whole show - lights, effects etc.
I don't like standing for hours on end so as long as I'm not right at the back, I'm happy anywhere. In fact, scrap that. To be there at all is better than not!

Coldplay have had a runway and the 2nd & 3rd stages in more recent years so you have different vantage points depending where you are.
Big shows have screens so you can see close-ups and what's going on though.

To your question: For you, I'd suggest by the second stage so you get a bit of both. Me? I usually get to sit at the sides with a great view but once had 2nd row seats when I was with my family. That was ace but a bit weird.

16 February 2015 / submitted by Mike, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle! :-)

Another Brothers And Sisters related question!
How many copies were made of the original CD release back in 1999?
There are a few floating around on eBay so I know they cannot be as rare as the Safety ep (500 copies).

Many thanks.
In terms of rarity and copies available for sale, there's another point to factor in other than how many copies of the original were released. Brothers & Sisters was re-issued so you'd need to check which run you were getting. The initial 1999 release is better to have than the second.

I'm pretty sure the actual number of copies was 2,500 of which 1,500 were vinyl.

16 February 2015 / submitted by Akash, India
Q.  In the interview with Fearne Cotton and Coldplay (Making of Ghost Stories), a picture of initial track listing for Ghost stories was shown.
It included songs like The Race, Atlas, World Without You and Mist.
My question is that whether these songs were changed to a different title in G.S
or was never recorded??

Thank you in Advance...
Akash Ben
I'm sure you know Atlas - it was the song that featured on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.
As for the others, they are (as is usual) tracks that didn't make it on to the final cut of the album.