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10 December 2014 / submitted by Zara, Italy
Q.  Dear Oracle,

how many problems do you recieve for Team Oracle every Friday? And how many answer do you get on average? Just curious, you must be very busy about that, but thanks for doing it! Zara
Team Oracle isn't a separate entity. People send in their Oracle questions in the usual way and then I decide which one to choose each week. I do let the question asker know that it's going to appear in the Team Oracle feature.
Therefore, I ask & answer one question per week.



9 December 2014 / submitted by Ariel, United States of America
Q.  I thought A Spell a Rebel Yell was released as a b-side.. But it's not on the "Recordings" section of the site. Neither is it available to purchase on iTunes. This is one of my favorites, I would like to know more about it! Thank you in advance.
This is because A Spell a Rebel Yell was only the b-side on the Violet Hill vinyl of the single that was given away with the NME magazine, 10 May 2008.


9 December 2014 / submitted by Valentine B, France
Q.  Hello my dear Oracle !
I would like to know if the band are doing any signing events this week in Cannes, as they will be here for the NMA. I would really love to see them!
Thank you so much, all the love
Valentine
Oh, you mean the NRJ Music Awards. No, I'm sorry but there won't be any signing events.


9 December 2014 / submitted by Caro, Argentina
Q.  The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, looks amazing! Did the band ever played there again? Personally, I would love to have the chance to see them play at a theatre again. I saw them both times they came to Argentina, and don't get me wrong the big show (at river plate) was amazing but that (I don't know how to call it), intimate feeling? at Gran Rex theatre was unbeatable. It felt they were playing at my house living room although I was at the very very back. Any chance they switch back to smaller venues in the future? Thanks!
They have only played the Ballroom that once, supporting Embrace. The last (Ghost Stories) tour was pretty much smaller venues not dissimilar to the Gran Rex.


8 December 2014 / submitted by Teddy, Lebanon
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Is it true that Chris will be substituting Bono in his band U2?!
No. Chris fronted U2 at the World AIDS Day (RED) performance last Monday (1 December) night in Times Square. Bono was recovering from an accident but U2 didn't want to cancel their appearance so asked Chris (& Bruce Springsteen) to fill in for the night.



8 December 2014 / submitted by D, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi O, do you happen to know how many songs Coldplay will perform at the BBC Music Awards? Thanks!
I'm (fairly) sure I (sort of) answered this a few weeks ago. All I gave away was that it's an Awards show appearance so please don't expect a full set or anything close to one.


8 December 2014 / submitted by Nathan, United States of America
Q.  Can I use the word Prospekt as my band name? I've wanted to this all my life and it's a really good title. I'll even say the name is from Coldplay. Can I use it?
There are rules about band / artist names. If you're a singer and your real birth name is Michael Jackson, you wouldn't be able to use it as your professional name because someone has already had an established career with that name.
There is already a band named Prospekt so I'd avoid it if I were you - depending on how well they're doing. (Only joking, I wouldn't replicate it).



5 December 2014 / submitted by Gavin, Isle of Man
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #195
If you could ask your younger self one question, what would it be?

And (added by The Oracle):
If you could give one piece of advice at the same time, what would it be?

This was interesting because I've never thought about it before. Quite a few questions pop into my mind:
'Are you sure you want to do that?'
'Do you really think that's a good idea?'
'You're not going out wearing that are you?'
'Where did you put that shoe box of memories?'
'Who did you lend your FGTH vinyl of Liverpool to?'
In all seriousness, I am struggling to find one profound one as I'm sure I would ask myself a lot of questions.
I consider myself both young, (though more than half way through my life) and older & wiser. Even all the mistakes I've made along the way have helped shape me so I'm not sure I'd go back and undo them, well, not all of them. I'd certainly tell myself not to beat myself up about them.
One Q I sort of ask myself periodically is, are you happy? The answer is yes. I live life to the full and there's not much point having regrets. I've learned from my mistakes and hopefully I am making a difference.

The advice I would give my younger self is "trust your gut instinct".
Over to you.

I would ask my younger self this question: Are you satisfied with what I've become and have I made your wishes and dreams come true?

I would say not to worry 'cause "In a haze, a stormy haze, I'll be round, I'll be loving you always, always..." I think I've proved it even more than I've had expected, almost to say that "everything's possible", so there's no need of being afraid for myself in the future. I'll do my best to make my older self happy as I did to my younger self. I've never thought about it so much but it's very interesting question about our younger self. It's good to see that I did a lot for myself, especially about realizing dreams that seemed impossible but I promised to my younger self to go for it and I really went.
With love, Kamili.


I see a therapist, so I asked myself A LOT of questions regarding my habits, the way I see the world, the way I react to certain things.

The piece of advice I would give today to my younger version is: Don't be upset for small things that don't matter. Understand that nobody's perfect.Try to think considering other people's point of view. Don't be angry for stupid things.
Noelia, Argentina.

WOW, good question!
I would ask my younger self : Why do you are afraid to say NO?

My advice at the same time would be: if you say NO, when you mean NO, no one will be angry and hate you. You should respect your own feelings. You are beloved whatever you do and if you do a wrong decision is not the end of the world.
Love from Germany, Maren.


Question: What are you so afraid of?

Advice: Don't be so afraid to be vulnerable, make a mistake or **** up. You won't be less worthy of love if you do so. Carola.

If I could ask my younger self a question, it would be 'why didn't you listen to yourself?'.

And my advice would be to listen to myself! Sometimes we are swayed by outside influences and pressure, but if you are not true to yourself, it may have bad repercussions later on. Don't get me wrong, some advice is for our good and protection. But some decisions can and should be made by us and us alone, especially ones that will affect you long term. I would tell myself to realise my self worth and not to settle for second best with regards to close relationships and other important things. DP.


I'm not sure what question I would ask my younger self, but I would tell her this:
Wisdom does not come without life experience. Time travels faster the older you get. People cannot be for you the emotional love you need to have for yourself. Like yourself, love yourself. Life gets better! You will find tools to heal yourself and others and find more strength and skill than you know you have. Strength and victory does not come from strolling through a park and having an easy life, it comes from wrestling through adversity. Also, the Universe takes the path of least resistance. Let go when the Universe lets something crumble. Life can be smooth sailing or stormy seas and sometimes everything is simply just not about us. Know it's all for the best. Sail on. Happiness awaits!!! Be kind to yourself and love yourself, think positively and envision good things for your future and they will come. Work hard, never give up. Be curious. Your heart is the most powerful organ of perception. Use it. Travel the world when you can. Write. Create. Breathe. Repeat. You have the strength and will to be the victor. Live with the intention to create a world that cherishes Love. Trust your intuition. Be well, be blessed, Branwen.

Thanks first of all for a thought-provoking question! I had to mull this one over for awhile. I would ask "What is the one thing you do that always makes you truly happy? Don't describe something that someone else does for you, but tell me something that YOU do that brings you joy every single time you do it. Something that you lose yourself in, something that makes the time fly by when you're doing it."

Once I learned that one thing that brought happiness to my younger self, I would advise "Hold on to that thing forever and figure out how to incorporate it into your life. If you can figure out how to do it as a job to earn your living, do it. If you can't do it as your vocation, then do it as an avocation. Do it as a hobby or a pastime, but do it. Keep on doing it until the day you die. Because if you can continue that single thing that makes you happy, happiness will be within your grasp always. You won't have to depend on someone or something else to bring you joy. It will always be within the realm of your possibility." Peace and love to you. Jill, Rochester, NY


My question would be "Why are you so afraid of life? What stops you to talk, and reach your dreams?"

The advice would to always keep going and make other people respect you. Respect is something really important you will need in life. Being afraid of making someone to respect you is the worst fear someone can have, because if you don't make other to respect you, you will see the consequence in a couple of years. If they hit you, hit them twice. If they bully you, never let them see you cry, because that is what they want. Never get tired of what you are. Everything happens for a reason.
Study harder than you think you are able to, it may serve you to win a scholarship in another country. Insist in entering in course you love to be in, like ballet, sing, volleyball, etc. Don't be afraid of someone else opinion. Karolyn.

This is a very emotional question, I am very touched and ready to open up.
I would ask myself this; Why? Why did you hurt yourself You are beautiful, please don't let anyone make you think otherwise, even if that'd be yourself. I love you so much and you know you're worth it. Solaf.


This was an amazing and very thought provoking question and it's taken a few days to come up with an answer. Now being in my fifties I am rather content with my life, so nothing screamed at me at first... but I thought of all the advantages that youth gives a person, so the one question I would ask my younger self is "Why not?" Why not further education?? Why not accept an opportunity when it arises?? Why not question the status quo??? Why not embrace another's viewpoint??? Why not travel?? Why not experience new things and take risks in life??? Why not fall in love???

I have learned that life is not a spectator sport, not a dress rehearsal, it's a gift, unwrap it, open it up, and live it like it will end tomorrow. Laurie.

I think I'd ask myself: Why haven't you called your grandpa yet?! He's been on my mind a lot lately, ever since my grandma passed away a few months ago. I never met my grandpa because he and my grandma got divorced before I was born and he said he didn't want to have anything to do with my family anymore. When I was 13 I tracked down his phone number, but my grandma and dad found out and got really upset with me. I felt so bad I never tried to contact him ever again. Now I'm 25 and it's too late to reach out to him because I heard he's suffering from dementia. I just keep wondering if I did the right thing not calling him when I got the chance.

My advice to myself would be to get guitar and singing lessons, I've always regretted that I didn't do those things sooner. They are the highlights of my week and the singing lessons really helped to build my self-confidence which I had very little of when I was younger. Amanda.


The question I would ask to my young me is why didn't you listen to Coldplay before? Haha I'm joking :-)
I would ask myself why were you afraid of saying what you think and believe?

And the advice I would give is: expressing what you think helps you to overcome fears. That allows you to have inner peace, to feel less anxious and to achieve your goals. What you say might be wrong, but you'll learn through making mistakes. Or it might be right, but you'll never know until you say it.
Best wishes, Isabel.

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.



5 December 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 11 December.

My life has been in a tailspin for a couple years now. My dad passed away in 2012 at an early age, after an 8 month battle with cancer. I was only 15 at the time, and seeing him trying to fight the disease was more that I could bear. I hid my depression though, since I had to be strong for him and my mom. Losing the most important person in your life can be hard. It has been two years and I still cry myself to sleep, missing him. I have not been able to open up to anyone and still keep my emotions hidden under a veil of humour. Is there any way I will be able to share my feelings with anyone again? I feel trapped.
Kris, India.


Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.
Please email your replies with TEAM ORACLE in the subject line to theoracle@coldplay.com
Including your twitter address may result in a follow back.



4 December 2014 / submitted by Ellie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle, I noticed the other day that Lost and Chris' version of the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas appears in Ugly Betty.... And I was just wondering if you have a list of all the Coldplay songs that appear in movies or tv series?

Thanks x
There are simply too many TV shows that it would be almost impossible to list every one. We don't have a list of films either but you can easily find out from a source such as IMDB.




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