9 February 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 13th February.

Oracle I'm desperate! There's something I wanna do & it's kinda against my religion. I'm a believer but that thing I wanna do won't reduce my faith though. People in my city would judge me for doing it and that thing is connected to my religion.
It would be better if I didn't say what is it because it needs a lot of explaining. Anyway I wanna you to help me. Something I used to do for my religion but I no more wanna do it but I can't make a choice. Shall I stop doing it and face the consequences or keep on doing it even though I'm a little bit not comfortable with it.
It's like choosing between MY GOD and my own desires.
I can't stop thinking. That's really annoying and it would be bad if I stopped doing it. Maybe I'll continue doing it but in the future but I just wanna stop doing it for now.
I know it's gonna be difficult for you to help me cuz you don't know what that thing is but I believe that you're wise enough to tell me your opinion. Thanks for your time and I would really appreciate if you helped me.
Thank you. Nesma, U.K.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.
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6 February 2014 / submitted by Sara, United States of America
Q.  At the Philadelphia concert on 7/6/12, Chris said Will's drum kit was broken, and and that they would skip a song. Which song did they skip? They played Trouble instead, which was an amazing treat! Thanks!
Back on *6 July 2012 the band skipped Up In Flames so played Trouble instead.

FYI UK folk: In the UK we refer to 7/6/12 as 6/7/12.

6 February 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I have a personal question that I hope you can answer.

I came across a video of the bands live performance at the Big Day Out Festival in 2001 and before playing the song Sparks, Chris says this is for the couples and then says he has a girlfriend and points and says "you see Margaret there in the hat right? She's wicked and this song is for her." So what I want to know is if the song Sparks was written for her.
No. Sparks was written well before then.

5 February 2014 / submitted by George, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!
Did the band always have 'musicians' as their first career choice, or was it a hobby that ultimately became their job?
The interest in music was there for them all and they played in bands from an early age. Obviously they were at University studying and chose subjects for an alternative career but Chris once said that he went to UCL to meet Jonny, Guy & Will. Meaning that he had the idea he wanted to form a band at Uni but nobody could know that his destiny would indeed be fulfilled - nay, surpassed - there.

5 February 2014 / submitted by Mitchell, Canada
Q.  As I'm sure you know, the cover of the X&Y album artwork, when translated, actually reads X9Y. Is there any explanation for this that I missed somewhere, was it done on purpose or was it an accident?... Thank you!
There is no way that would be deliberate because X9Y means nothing. Nonsensical in fact. It doesn't say X9Y though, I'm pretty sure it does translate as X&Y.

5 February 2014 / submitted by Con, Australia
Q.  Hey Oracle, bit of a meta-question here... how did Oracle come to be? It doesn't seem like it's common practice for an artist to run a general question and answer page.

That being said, love your work! Keep the wisdom flowing.
The Q&A idea came well before my conception. The Oracle wing started July 2008 but the band have had a section for questions and answers since 2002.
Back then it was totally band related questions I believe but obviously we've got a broader spectrum these days.

4 February 2014 / submitted by Anna, Denmark
Q.  Hey there!
I saw the ETIAW question and wondered, if the building from the music video is the same as the one from Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys?

And if so, was the location chosen to make some kind of connection between the two?

Yes it's the same location but no there is absolutely no connection other than it's Millennium Mills and frequently used as a location for film, TV and music videos.
One of which was my favourite Snow Patrol song's video, Take Back the City.

4 February 2014 / submitted by Laura, Argentina
Q.  Hi dear Oracle! What was the last gig you've attended?
Edit: A few hours after answering this and the last gig I attended is now Prince at Camden's Electric Ballroom in the early hours.

Would you believe it was the Under 1 Roof charity gig before Christmas.
This year I've been to the cinema 6 times and the theatre twice but haven't managed to see any live music yet. Got a couple coming up. The first I can't tell you about as it's a surprise (for somebody else, not me) and John Grant has a show coming up that I'm going to.

4 February 2014 / submitted by Plopie, Belgium
Q.  Do you know what's wrong with the Coldplaying forum? Can't ask anyone else because it says the forum is closed!
I've no idea! Coldplaying is a very separate website and as it's an unofficial fansite of the band, I don't have any inside information.

3 February 2014 / submitted by Pinar, Turkey
Q.  Hello dear Oracle,

I have been wondering if the graffiti in the ETIAW video drawn by Paris is still available to be seen. If it is, where is it located? In London? I am planning to visit London next year around May and it would be remarkable if I could have a chance to see this art work.
Love you all.
I'm afraid the derelict site isn't safe for public visits and the graffiti is no longer there. It had to be removed at the time of filming.
A team of helpers with emulsion and cleaning products got rid of it as each scene moved along into the next room.