8 April 2014 / submitted by Magic Vanessa, Germany
Q.  Dearest Oracle,

I love the official video to MAGIC? Chris is so sweet and handsome as Christopher the assistant ;-). But could you please tell me , who are the actor and actress who are playing Claude and Cecile ? And where is the venue for the video shot ?

Thank you so much

MaGic -)
Ziyi Zhang is playing the part of Cecile but Chris is playing both the parts of Christophe and Claude.

It was directed by Jonas Akerlund and the "venue" doesn't actually exist; it was purpose built for the video shoot.
For those asking, Guy, Jonny & Will aren't playing any parts as they weren't in the video.

8 April 2014 / submitted by Jonathan G, Germany
Q.  While I was watching the latest performance of Colplay where they're playing Magic at Sport Relief 2014 I noticed that Jonny first of all plays the piano (which is great I think!) and then he switches to his guitar - but the piano sounds are still there. Do they use a pedal for that? Is most of their instrumental music played live at all, since they have so many different layers of sounds in their songs - especially in the ones from Mylo Xyloto and Ghost stories:

Thank you and greetings from Germany! :)
I've touched on this subject before but it's important to differentiate between not playing live and miming. Their performances are all real and are not mimed. Everything you see is happening in the moment but there are obviously musical parts that are replicated as it would be impossible to play every sound as you say. Another example is the strings in Viva. Keyboards and MIDI systems are equipped to play these parts at live shows.
FYI I mentioned MIDI last week when listing Roadie #42's roles. It stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

7 April 2014 / submitted by Jenny, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I found this on wikiquotes for Guy: 'it's pretty amazing that no one died in that crash. It's not the best way to start a tour.' I have absolutely no idea what he's talking about, could you clarify please?
Don't worry, he wasn't talking about something the band were involved in. That's not to say there haven't been some scary moments on planes and in cars over the years.

7 April 2014 / submitted by Megan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oraccle!

What prompted the band to divert back to their original acoustic roots when making the new album? Coldplay is a band whose always been known for being "set apart" from other bands with their musical style. Why did they decide to go back rather than forward?
I don't see it as going back. Their debut album, Parachutes, was a very beautiful, simple piece of work but it didn't necessary define the band's future. They have managed to create 6 diverse albums with the common key factor - great songs. The styles have been different without losing the essence of what makes Coldplay, Coldplay.
After Viva the band had intended to make a more acoustic album. Obviously you can hear from the end result that Mylo Xyloto took a different direction.

7 April 2014 / submitted by Roger, Netherlands
Q.  Hey O!
I really want to go to the Pinkpop festival, but most of my friends don't have the time/money to go. My question is, is it weird to go to a festival on your own? Have you ever done it?

Who defines what is weird and what is not? I've travelled to New York, L.A, Paris & many other places on my own. I have also been on holiday alone several times.
There was one occasion where I went to Coachella for the day. I knew people once I got there but I'd travelled solo and wandered around exploring before I met anyone. I'd say a festival is the perfect place to go on your own because once you get there you will be surrounded by like-minded people all there for the same reason - to enjoy live music. I'm sure you will have a great time and make friends. The only thing I would strongly advise is that you take extra special care with your personal safety and the security of your personal possessions.

4 April 2014 / submitted by Christian, Australia
I come from a country town by the bay. Ever since I was little, I witnessed my mother being harassed by a group of people, and it seems they are still up to their old tricks. They would follow mom in the street, to parties, and eventually into her employment and would scream at her face with profanities or just sit down next to her at the cafeteria and openly talk about rumours and just be plain rude. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the other details would be too personal too mention. My mother is too nice, so I am just wondering if it is my place to intervene now, that I have enough information accumulated over 3 decades.
It's admirable you want to help your Mum but you really need to speak with her first. 3 decades is a very long time for your Mum to suffer at the hands of bullies and she must have her reasons for not reporting their behaviour up to now.
You can be supportive but she may not want you to intervene. If there is good cause to report the group for harassment, maybe the local police can help with what options your Mum has. She may have to make a formal complaint herself or give evidence so talk it through with her before you take any action. You may not be able to do much about the perpetrators without your Mum's involvement.
If you or your Mother don't have written records of what has been happening with dates, times etc, maybe now would be a good time to collate this information.
Good Luck.
Over to you.

To solve problems of this kind, you first need to find out why those guys bully your mother. You said she was nice, so I guess that's the reason. They are jealous to those who have friends and can be nice to others.
The second thing you need to think about is this: who can help her? You are her child, and mothers usually protect their child, not vice versa. They'll see it as a sign of weakness, and that's the thing your mother can't use.
But who is in the position to help her? Friends? Colleagues? Family? Police? I guess the last one is the best one. Following and stalking people is illegal in most countries, so use the law. Don't go to the police immediately, but ask for judgement advice. As soon as you found the laws you need, you can go, with your mother, to the police station. I hope this will help you.

This is a tough one, but I definitely wouldn't put up with someone treating my mother that way. I get being too nice to an extent, but when you have people harassing you like this it's damaging to your soul. I would say something. These people obviously have nothing better to do with their lives than to trot around making another persons miserable. Also, not sure where exactly you are, but if it continues I'd bring it to the police and get a restraining order. I wish nothing but the best and sending love, light and positive vibes your way to you and your mother. I hope that things get better!

I would say you should talk to your mother about the plans you have to intervene. Maybe if she sees that you are about to act, you both would act together. That way she will gain confidence too. Please think about doing it in a legal way (go to authorities). You could also get support in the media (social, newspaper, or something else). I guess it all depends in the influence this group has over the community. Overall, please think first on the consequences and be safe. I hope everything gets better. Raquel.

I think you must do something about it, I mean, you can't let people disrespect her and treat her like that, it's your mom and no woman should be treated like that, you could confront those guys or ask for help from the authorities, you say you have enough information so you can use that to prove it, you can't just let things like that, you just can't. Alan.

Have you ever discussed this with your mom? It sounds pretty serious and of course you want to intervene and stick up for her! That's very brave of you. But I think you should talk to your mom first. In the end it's best if she's the one to tell that group of people off. And if they keep stalking/harassing her, she's the one who should alert the authorities. You can't do all of that for her. Try to support your mom best as you can and give her advice on how you'd handle the situation. It won't be easy for either of you, but you can't solve all of your mom's problems for her and she'll have to learn to stick up for herself at some point. Good luck, Amanda.

The initial response is, 'of course you should step in,' but after further thought it is more complicated than that. Your mom has been dealing with this for thirty years! She needs love and small words of encouragement and hope, and those mean people might need the same. Jeff.

Don't take matters into your own hands without making sure your Mom is aware of what you are doing. You haven't mentioned whether your family has a Dad or whether you have siblings, Aunties, Uncles or someone you can get to help you. Don't do this alone. I hope it all works out for your Mom. Sounds like she's had a rough time. Alex.

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.

4 April 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 (GMT) Thursday 10th April.

I have been listening to Coldplay since 2006, which is the year when my godfather (who was also my uncle and someone I used to consider my father) passed away. I was only 12. Since he died, I have developed a strange sense that I should be responsible for myself as much as possible, and give my parents the least trouble as I can, to help them. But I am really tired of not asking for what I want and not being free and irresponsible even if just for a bit. What should I do? Cristine, Brazil.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

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3 April 2014 / submitted by Laura, Spain
Q.  Hello, dear Oracle.
I found this on Youtube and I think it's just beautiful. I was wondering if it is really an Ink preview or just a fake.
Thank you very much :)
It's absolutely NOT Ink - it's a fake. It doesn't sound like Coldplay to me. Certain musicians have a certain style and I hear no resemblance to Chris' piano style here.
I don't know who it is. I have previously given my simple tip of how to spot a fake, Laura. Today it fails me. The Shazam app has no idea who it is either...

3 April 2014 / submitted by Dave, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was at a job interview the other day and one of the questions asked was if I liked Coldplay or not. I responded quickly with a yes and the interviewer and I went on a ten minute rant of how much we liked their music. Nonetheless, I got the job! So my question is this... Why can't everybody love this great band!?
Congratulations on your new job, Dave. I sincerely hope you're the right man for the role.
I wonder if you'd said "no", you would still have been hired? If you had replied, "what's that got to do with the job?" I suspect you wouldn't have got it. Unless you were, for example, going for the part of Jonny Buckland in a Coldplay tribute band, I have no idea what relevance the question had.
Speaking of relevant questions, I shall try to answer yours.
Life would be incredibly tedious if we all loved the same things. Vive la difference. That said, people that don't love them are clearly bonkers.

3 April 2014 / submitted by Arthur, Paraguay
Q.  So.. No April Fools' joke this year huh?
We don't do them every year. In fact, I think we may have only done two; the first in 2009 and the second in 2010.