27 March 2013 / submitted by Margaux, France
Q.  Hey Oracle !

I would like to know a little bit more about you. Do you like read ? If so, what is the last book you read? I'll take account of your choices for my next reading ! :)
Thanks ! xx
I love reading - if it's a good book - and have managed 4 this year so far.
I started the year with Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt - loved it. Last night I finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - totally different from anything I have read before but a brilliant read.
In between those I read Men From the Boys by Tony Parsons and Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse.

27 March 2013 / submitted by Lorena, Chile
Q.  Hi, I want to know if this is your account on Instagram. Thanks

with love Lorena.
Usually if the word official appears, it's because it is official. If you ever see the word on what is clearly a bogus account, do feel free to let us know.
Here is a recap of our official social network links:
and the lesser used myspace.

Once again, please be aware that the band members do NOT have individual accounts on any of the above.

26 March 2013 / submitted by Shaikah, Saudi Arabia
Q.  Hey I'm big fan of Coldplay in twitter A/Q that was done few months ago. Chris mentioned that falconry - not sure if it is the right word, was one of his hobbies. It also my husband favorite hobby. I really loved to see picture of Chris with his falcon or practicing his hobby? And what they really hunt in England?
Do they hunt buzzard too? I'll be grateful of you post picture.
And sending Coldplay love from Saudi Arabia. Peace.
Last May there was a twitter Q&A. Chris replied to one about what he likes to do when he has time off with "I like falconry, jousting and looking for suits of armour on eBay. And making up daft answers to questions."
The last part of this gives away that Chris was just having a bit of fun.
He doesn't count falconry as a hobby (or jousting & looking for suits of armour on eBay).

26 March 2013 / submitted by Ira, Russia
Q.  I heard that Chris had said that the name of the next album would be easier to pronounce. So the name of the next album has already exist. When will the band be ready to declare it?
All he was saying there was that Mylo Xyloto was problematic for most to say. It was tricky to know where to put the emphasis on Xyloto and whether to pronounce it with 2 or 3 syllables for example.
The band will not declare the final title (or any working titles) until the album is ready.

25 March 2013 / submitted by Harry, United Kingdom
Q.  Is it true that Coldplay signed their contract on Pedaloes?
Yes, but it wasn't their Parlophone record contract they signed on pedalos it was their publishing contract with BMG (now Universal).

25 March 2013 / submitted by Ryan, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,

Grammatical question. On the album X&Y, track 13 is listed as 'Till Kingdom Come. The apostrophe indicates that the word has been abbreviated from 'Untill' which isn't a word. "Till" (no apostrophe) and " 'Til " appear to be the only correct ways of spelling this preposition.
One of my friends has tattooed this on her person and was a bit disappointed when I pointed out (what I believe) to be an error. I'm not sure that it's intended to be a clever rock-star misspelling of the word, possibly just a graphic artist getting a little excited.

Could you please advise?

The track IS called 'Til Kingdom Come and therefore there is no grammatical error on the album sleeve's track listings. Unfortunately that means your friend has an incorrect tattoo.
Speaking of rock star misspelling, I recall telling the singer of Dust Junky's that his band name really ought to be Dust Junkies but he replied that it looked better his way. I suppose (band) names are ok to change but as you say 'til is the correct abbreviation.
Anchorman informs me that George Orwell and Julia Donaldson abbreviate until to till. As far as I am concerned that is the word for a cash register (amongst other things).

25 March 2013 / submitted by Kelly, United States of America
Q.  Has the almighty Oracle ever stepped on a Lego?

Also, has the Oracle ever *gasp* used Comic Sans?
OUCH!Yes, I have stepped on Lego and it hurt (NOT like Heaven either).
I am unsure why you gasped at the suggestion of Comic Sans; it's my favourite font! In a turn of fate, I now know the man who created it.

22 March 2013 / submitted by Matthew, New Zealand
Had a big argument with my friend about views on gay marriage and not sure if we will be able to get on from now. Only feel comfortable talking to the almighty Oracle. How do we move on?
We all have views, beliefs, morals, truths and opinions. They are not always shared by those close to us. We have to decide whether we want to accept people for who they are despite the differences.
Many of us are friends with people who are from different cultural backgrounds. The same can be said of race, religion, sex and age. Sometimes those beliefs are held so strong that relationships can be strained. We can run into trouble if we can't respect the right to have a different opinion.
This isn't a case of who is right or wrong - though you don't mention what your view is - it's about your friendship. I am for and would like to think in 2013, the world could catch up with and embrace the changes, but sadly it's never that simple. That doesn't mean I won't be friends with anyone who thinks the opposite to me.
People can be very judgmental but it shouldn't be necessary to force your viewpoint on to anyone else. Debates are all well and good, as is putting a good case across for what you believe in but it doesn't mean you will ever come to the same conclusion so it's knowing when/if to back off.
If you feel that your view is right and your friend's is wrong, you could agree to disagree and make a pact never to discuss it again. If you can't do that your friendship is in jeopardy and you may have to assess how true that friendship is.
Over to you.

Surely, your friend also doesn’t want to lose your friendship. If he wants to, he is no real friend.
So maybe just phone him and invite him to your house. Don’t mention your argument with any word. Just talk a bit, drink something and try to have a good time. Hopefully, you’ll be able to forget everything and move on normally then. Yours, Jule.

You've got to ask yourself what's holding you back from being friends and address it. Is it your friend's views? Do you think they hate you now? Do you not think things will be the same between you now?
The two things you have to remember is that, as Bono said, you only need to agree with someone on one thing to get along. And secondly, time is a great healer. This only has to be a couple of weeks, even.
Wait a couple of weeks, then maybe send your friend a link to something cool on Facebook. Just start a conversation about something you both have in common, and you'll remember why you were friends in the first place. Mark.

It’s not clear if it was concerning you both as a couple - or were there just two different opinions clashing about this subject in generally? In that first case I’d say every couple has to find out if or when a marriage would be the right thing or not and it’s not unusual or a point of no return having a controversy about this.
About the other thing - I assume that’s what the problem is: It is your own decision with whom you want to be friend with or not. If some people have views in questions of principles which are absolutely not compatible to yours, you still can be polite and respectful, but it can ban them from a friendship with you.
Now aside from the romantic aspects, marriage exists as a religious idea, but it is also a profane and legal institution of spending a life together. To spend a life together, to care or being responsible for each other is not a question of biology or gender, but of maturity. The last one I would be doubtful about, when your friend can’t handle with a disagreement of opinions. Probably he has to learn a lot, maybe he can start with asking childless couples how they do think about relationship and marriage. Even adopted children rather would grow up in a peaceful same-gender family than in a disastrous violent hetero one. I hope things will turn out well for you. L.Q.

I think it depends on how strong your opinions are. If one or both of you feel really strongly about it, your relationship will probably suffer. If you think your friendship is more important than how you feel about gay marriage, you could probably just work it out and accept your differences. Just avoid the subject and everything would eventually be back to normal (although I don't suggest this as it's probably not healthy). However in subjects like these, morals are often questioned, making it hard to move on from if you think they're bad people. If that's the case, its important to remember that its better to just be honest with yourself and not ignore it. You choose the people you're close to and you also set standards for them. Try not to be too upset, though. What separates you from one person, might bring you closer to another. Hope this helps. Love, Darem.

So, I think that besides the arguments and the fights that you can have with your friends, it should be easy to get over them. I mean, if he's a really good friend of yours you cannot just walk away from him. That's what I'd do if I was you: I'd see if we can talk about the thing without arguing about it, talking and sharing ideas in the most democratic and calm way possible, and then if you can't find a resolution and the problem still doesn't disappear, I suggest you to forget about that. If you're really attached to him and you don't want to lose him go, just talk about the issue anymore. Just let the night give you advice, then maybe the next morning you'll see everything more simple than it looks! Letizia, Rome.

It's sad to think that ANYONE argues about gay marriage. I mean, c'mon, what on earth is anyone's problem with it? I couldn't be friends with someone who can't accept gay marriage because I would wonder deep down if they are homophobic and that is something I can not and will not tolerate. Mike.

My friend is gay and I love her no matter what. However, I don't really agree with gay marriage. A civil partnership is fine. This question made me ask myself why I don't agree and I think I am just stuck in traditional values from growing up with religious parents. That said, I don't see many marriages that look any good so maybe all marriages should be ditched! Portia.

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.

22 March 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll 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 28th March.

Hey Oracle! I just want to ask: what can be done if you're always bugged by your mind with the query: "Where is really my rightful place in this world?" It's like it's the question that always get into me because of the drastic turn out of events (e.g. One day, I'm with my friends, next day I feel very alienated) I really don't know what to do. Vieve, Philippines.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
Please email your replies to

21 March 2013 / submitted by Lorelei, United States of America
Q.  I have heard from a lot of people that the boys are taking a break for a couple of years. If so, how long is the break going to be and when do you think there is going to be another album or tour?
Although I understand people are anxious for news and perhaps even mild panic sets in at the thought of no new music for a while yet I wonder why this question comes up so much when we look at the discography of the band:
Parachutes 2000
X&Y 2005
Viva 2008
MX 2011

You can see from this that the band have always had 2-3 years between albums so however long this "break" is, I can't see it being any longer. It's not a break per se as much as being off the radar.