21 January 2014 / submitted by Ross, United Kingdom
Q.  Is there perhaps a Greatest Hits album coming soon? I've noticed that several older songs have been posted recently (Talk on Twitter, Shiver on Facebook and Don't Panic has been the video on the homepage of the website for a few weeks now).
Absolutely not. I can see why you have put 2 and 2 together and come up with 5 but I assure you there is no correlation between the videos and a Greatest Hits album.
It's more a random selection of older songs while there's nothing much else going on but no other reason.

21 January 2014 / submitted by Samuel, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I am planning to ask my family for the Saftey EP for my 16th birthday. Do you know of anyone selling a 100% real copy of the Safety EP? I was looking on a few websites including this. I didn't know if they were real or not and I didn't want to take my chances.
There is no real way of guaranteeing the two copies on that site for sale are genuine but I expect them to be - as of course one would.
The images for both copies are clearly of the authentic original but not photos of the items for sale.
I would ask the seller(s) for some background history of the CDs. How did they come by them? etc.
I would also suggest for a transaction of this size, to ask for a Skype chat where you could inspect the CD remotely.
If you want Safety to complete a collection, I understand. If you want it as an investment, I understand. If you want it to listen to, I don't understand.
As I have said before, all the tracks feature on other releases in their original recording form.
1000 (the going rate) is lot of money so I'd certainly advise anyone to consider carefully before making this purchase.

21 January 2014 / submitted by Eelco , Netherlands
Q.  Hi,

Today you said that January 16th isn't Coldplay's birthday, but an anniversary of their first gig. What do you guys consider as Coldplay's birthday??

We don't have an official (or unofficial) birthday hence the 16th January being adopted by fans as a date to celebrate / commemorate.
I have my own date that means something significant to me. Maybe there's a personal special date for every fan?

20 January 2014 / submitted by Harrison, Australia
Q.  I've been seeing pictures saying it is Coldplay's 16th Birthday today (16th Jan). Is this true? And if so, how is it determined when their Birthday is? Their first song? First gig?
It wasn't a birthday; it was the 16th anniversary of their first gig (as Starfish) at the Laurel Tree in Camden. Funnily enough I walked past the venue (now BrewDog) on Thursday evening. I took a photo & sent it to Anchorman.
We were quite surprised by how many fans acknowledged the date - it was an overwhelming number. I'm more of a round numbered celebrator so you will probably find me shouting about it in 2018.

20 January 2014 / submitted by Anonymous, Thailand
Q.  Hey.... Oracle!

I was wondering, what became of the Parachutes globe? Do the band still have it in their studio, or has it been sold on eBay? Has it met some other fateful end?

If you use the search option on the Oracle section and type in the word globe, the results returned will give you several answers.

The original globe* was sold as part of the End of Decade Sale with the proceeds going to Kids Company.

The final amount raised in U.S dollars for Lot 6: The original Parachutes globe was $12,968.51.

*In the End of Decade Sale video, it says globes plural, but only one was put up for auction.

20 January 2014 / submitted by Hannah, United Kingdom
Q.  Have Coldplay ever covered Joni Mitchell's River? I think I saw them cover it years ago on a television program with Coldplay live in session and it was beautiful. I would love to find it. Alternatively, if it possible to find the recording of that live session that would be great.
I have a sneaky feeling that you are confusing Coldplay & Travis. Travis covered River on VH1 Storytellers.

17 January 2014 / submitted by Luke, United Kingdom
After previously having a long distant relationship (to some success) for 3 years I've always been extra cautious about falling in love again and forced myself not to get too close to someone to avoid the pain should, most likely, things come to an end.
Last year many great things happened including meeting a new girl in the last quarter, who for the first time in over two years I felt I could actually get close to. The problems were, although she's from my hometown she lives currently at the other end of the country on her work-placement year until April, after that she'll return to uni for another year, 3 hours away from me. Her Dad died when she was just 6 & she was once pregnant with her ex, he ran away & she lost the baby during her pregnancy. Traumatising experiences for anyone and she still hadn't recovered emotionally from the latter. She's still emotionally attached to her ex & what they once had. Even though he wants nothing to do with her and it has an effect on us. It seems to stand in the way of us moving forward or together & my friends and family recommend I give up on her as I'm "wasting my time" & that things shouldn't be this hard at the start of a relationship.
I fear she, like I once was, is scared to get closer as she's been hurt badly from a past relationship and clearly still has love for her ex. Yet when we're together things are great. There's just too much time apart during the week & too much time for her to think about it all when she's alone.
What do I do? Do I listen to the people who care the most about me? What would you do? Continue or accept that maybe it just isn't right & maybe won't work out?
It's natural to feel cautious but you have to be open to let love in. However, you and your girlfriend are not on the same page. You are further ahead in your recovery from past experiences and she seems to have a long way to go yet.
I can't comment too much on what may be best for her given she hasn't written and as you say, she has been through a lot. I'm going to focus - as you should - on YOU.
I'm assuming you've spoken to her about this? It's great you've been patient and supportive but for this relationship to work, there can only be two of you in it and it sounds like there's currently three.
You said "...not to get too close to someone to avoid the pain should, most likely, things come to an end". That tells me you are expecting the worst to happen and that’s not a healthy place to be. That's understandable when you've been through painful break-ups but as I said, you have to be open. There is never a guarantee that things will work out but as we've heard, "if you never try, you'll never know".
But... I have to say I agree with your friends to some extent. I'm not saying this relationship will never work but perhaps not right now.
Following your heart sometimes makes you do things you wouldn't do if using rational thought. Love is sometimes worth taking that risk. That said, I really feel you should listen to your gut in this case.
Over to you.

It's very, very hard for a girl to start a new relationship when her last boyfriend ran away, and leaves her behind with her baby. I think she still feels hope for her ex. What you should do, is giving her a new hope. Go live nearby, if necessary. Be there for her. Maybe then she will see what you can be for her. If she doesn't, tell her you love her really, really much. And tell her you'll be there for her, and you can together have what she and the ex had once. If she then still rejects you, I'm afraid you have to give up.
If you can do it, I wish you and your girlfriend a wonderful relationship. If not, I hope luck and love will be with you with someone else.

I don't mean to be rude but: talk to her! That's what you should do. Tell her about the things that concern you about the relationship and ask her how she feels about everything. It's always good to listen to the advice your loved ones have to offer, but in the end it's your decision whether you want to continue this relationship or not. She's been through some very traumatising things, so if you want to stay together, you should both be prepared to fight for your relationship, because it won't always be easy. Good luck. Amanda.

I don't know what is the right thing to do but if I were u b4 u make a decision ask here if she is willing 2 forget her ex and give u a chance. Then trust ur instinct bcoz being n a relationship w/love is not just about feelings it's also a decision. Shed.

It's nice seeing a young person move on with the past. There is no worth in thinking about the past, the more you think about the past the more it becomes your future. If you take my advice, I would say, go for it. Long-distance relationships hard, but if it is meant to be, it will. The girl really had a traumatising past, but how could people know that you will be the one who can help her get over? Maybe at first, she would spend times thinking about her ex, but by time she will be thinking about you. And if not, I am sure it is worth a shot. Better once than never. The worse thing is looking at past and thinking: 'What if?'. If things end up bad, you will look at the past and say: 'I did what I can', and move on with no second thoughts.
I hope I managed to help you, but remember a person knows what is best for him or her. Best of luck, Mina.

First of all, I’d like to say that every situation is different, and you can’t know what’s going to happen in the future, so even if you make the right choice (if there’s even one), it may be different in some years. You always have to be aware of that. However, here’s my advice for you: as far as I’m concerned, the fact that she is still emotionaly attached to her ex-boyfriend is what actually is holding your relationship back, if you truly love her. This is my opinion. I believe that, if you love someone unconditionally, and she loves you back, there’s no distance that changes that. It’s hard, and you probably know it due to your past experience, but have you already compared the both situations? Do you think that, if she didn’t had the “ex-boyfriend issue”, your relationship would be stronger or weaker than the first one? And if stronger, would it be true enough to handle the distance? If so, than here’s your answer: she is not emotionally ready to that, yet. My advice? Wait for her, if you’re willing to. Help her, slowly, to get through her traumatic experience. Make her forget her problems. Have the mission to, everyday, put a smile on her face. By doing that, my friend, you will build the most important things in a relationship: friendship, trust and true love. And, hopefully, you both will be able to handle the distance. Best wishes! Love, Ana, from Portugal.

You seem to have a realistic view and understanding for this problematic situation. Still you focus the most important issue, when you say things are great being together. A long distance relationship is to handle with. I’m sure you will keep contact during the week, so she does know you care for her and against her loneliness. You are together for less than one year now? Things have much room to develop. I think your friends and family who seem to know so very well how relationships have to start are a bit hasty with their judgement. You are knowing about her feelings and later this shaky beginning could turn much more in a solid partnership than any other flash in the pan.
Why do you think your friends and family care the most about you? Do you think your girlfriend could never do this in a same way?
If you are still happy with her then it is “right”. Only your own feeling can tell you how to go on. Otherwise you won’t feel good and won’t be happy if you feel treated like a substitute for her ex. Try to work it out with her with love and patience, I think the both of you stand a good chance. L.Q.

Maybe it's not for your friends - or us - to decide. I think you two need to sit down and talk about how you can make it work, assuming you both want to. The distance shouldn't be a problem but the other issues clearly are and it's those you need to work on. Good luck. Dee.

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.

17 January 2014 / 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 23rd January.

I have been feeling like a... loser, that's the word, lately. The reason? I'm 19 and I've never kissed a girl or gone in a date with any, no question there's never been anything further than that either... I am really self confident, and I do think I'm really good looking but there's something that stops me when it comes to girls, I don't know why... Also, I don't know if maybe I'm waiting for a Hollywood movie kind of love/girl but those don't really exist... What can you say about the situation in general? Any advice? Fer, Spain.

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16 January 2014 / submitted by Aranzazu, Chile
Q.  Dear Oracley, last weekend me and my friends watched Coldplay Live 2012 (which btw is amazing), but for some kind of reason none of us could understand (or even translate) what Chris says at the end of the film. The only thing that we could figure out it was something about chocolate. Could you help us? It seems that Chris' super-british accent took us by surprise!
I can indeed help. Chris says:
"I'm going to celebrate the end of this video with a Cadbury's Button. Do they exist in the future? I dunno, me watching back this video outtakes, are you still eating buttons in the year 2032? Or have they come up with some new kind of new space food chocolate thing which you just inject through your nostril? Without the calories but with all the taste and flavour of that crunchy Button you're about to hear now (we then hear him bite the chocolate). Cheers. (he laughs).

16 January 2014 / submitted by Luis , United Kingdom
Q.  Oracle, please please please I beg you... Answer this question because the answer is killing me.
It is not Coldplay related...

I went to see Let it Be musical. During the breaks, 1 fragment of 2 songs were played in the background (during the commercials). One of them is "I am a believer"... But the other one I have no idea what song it is. It sounds like Bob Dylan or Bob Geldof, I dunno.

Do you know which song I am talking about?

Gracias, merci, danke, thanks, arigato, tack :)
I'd guess it's Bob Dylan because they tend to play music from a similar era during musical intervals. That said, I'm afraid I have no idea what it is.
I was waiting for a film to start yesterday and heard some haunting music. I wanted to know what it was so I used the Shazam App to discover it was a piece from Sleepy Hollow. My phone was on silent of course and I always switch it off once a play / film / musical / gig is about to start.