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    April 26, 2010 - submitted by Pedro, Mexico

    Q. During Monterrey's concert someone was wearing a donkey costume, who was in there and what was the reason of wearing it?

    The Oracle replies:

    There was a lot of dressing up on the last night of the Viva tour. The backline crew all wore traditional Mariachi costumes. Fransky, their tour manager, opted for a donkey costume. As you know burritos are a popular dish in Mexico and burrito means little donkey (in Spanish); there's your connection!

    April 26, 2010 - submitted by Ana, Brazil

    Q. Hi Oracle. I want to know, what does the expression "for good" mean, in the song "Shiver". I don't know if it means FOREVER or CHANGE IN A GOOD SENSE. Please help me, because here in Brazil, it's difficult to us understand some expressions ! Thank you

    The Oracle replies:

    Ooh another meaning question... when we say "for good" it means forever. Usually we'd say "change for the better" rather than "for (the) good".


    April 26, 2010 - submitted by Brooke, United States of America

    Q. Do British people use the phrase, "at a drop of a dime," even though they don't use dimes?

    The Oracle replies:

    No we don't use that phrase here we say "at the drop of a hat" and it means much the same thing. However "drop a dime" means to make a telephone call and we don't have anything similar to that.


    April 26, 2010 - submitted by Anthony, United States of America

    Q. Is Roadie #42 going to continue his blog? If his book is being released this spring...then are his new blogs not going to be included?

    The Oracle replies:

    Matt McGinn isn't Roadie #42 so yes the blogs will continue on this website but given they are 2 different people the blogs will not be included in Matt's Roadie book.


    April 23, 2010 - submitted by Jenn, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I was wondering if Guy was going to run in this years London Marathon? I know he was injured, and unable to compete last year. Just wondering if he's all better and will be running. Thanks :)

    The Oracle replies:

    There was indeed an injury last year but no, Guy isn't running it this year. Don't worry he's in good health. Good luck to all those brave folk who are taking part!


    April 23, 2010 - submitted by Gabriela, Papua New Guinea

    Q. I really like my 40 year old teacher!!! What do I do?! He is more than twice my age! But he is single though...

    The Oracle replies:

    Do nothing! Never mind the age gap or whether he's single or not if the feelings were reciprocated it wouldn't be professional of your teacher to act improperly towards a student and he could lose his job. It is SO common to have crushes (or yes, even feel you have fallen in love) with a teacher but leave well alone. Concentrate on your studies and accept that you're feelings are normal but trying to take it further would be highly inappropriate.


    April 23, 2010 - submitted by Grace, United States of America

    Q. Dearest Oracle, I have gotten a new roommate for my same dorm room for my next year at college. I emailed her introducing myself and giving some info. My only request was that I could have the same side of the room I have this year since I already have my furniture in place. She wants the same side and disagrees, thinking the first one to move in should choose, but she is in band and moves in early. How can I talk to her Oracle?? I am at a total loss. Thanks in advance!

    The Oracle replies:

    Quite honestly Grace, she's being ridiculous! I know it's not "your" room but essentially you already live there and she is moving into the space vacated by someone else so should occupy that space and not yours. Perhaps ask a member of staff on Campus if there is actually policy on such things or at least etiquette to follow. It would be nice if the two of you could come to the same agreement but a teacher could surely step in on your behalf to keep the peace? After all, it could effect your atmosphere tremendously.




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