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    Coldplay's Oracle talks about new year's resolutions, Fairtrade and Glee

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    January 5, 2011 - submitted by Madeline, United States of America

    Q. Dear All-Mighty Oracle, On the back of the Parachutes album, there are four people. Which one is which band member? Thanks, Mad :)

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm sure there are people who have a different back cover to the album, but the photo on the back of Parachutes shows the band from left to right: Guy, Will, Chris & Jonny. There were photos in the NME on July 8th 2000 with photos from the same shoot. There's also one of the back of their heads; that's trickier to see who's who but not impossible as I have already answered that.

    January 5, 2011 - submitted by Yelva, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle! Do you believe in new years resolutions?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'd rather resolutions take place as and when necessary. I find it quite strange that the 1st January generates a mild panic in people to make resolutions. If you want to lose weight, quit smoking, get fit, stop drinking or get a new job... why wait? Do it anytime!


    January 5, 2011 - submitted by N, United States of America

    Q. I was wondering, if Coldplay was so big on Fairtrade, why are their tickets so expensive? Broke college students still deserve to soak in some of their magic live, no? And please don't quote supply and demand, I am merely asking this to ensure my affordability for their next concert as true fans surely do.

    The Oracle replies:

    I don't want to appear as a rich, arrogant or rude Oracle here but I get a little cross when this subject is brought up... A tour happens every 2 or 3 years, so if for example a ticket costs £65, I think that is plenty time to budget to pay for it don't you? I'd grumble at a premier league football match that happens every week (for a season) at around £45 per ticket. You do the math as they say in your part of the world. Not sure why you think it would have anything to do with supply & demand. That's the way that scalpers/touts do business. The prices are in line with all other tours on the same scale. There, rant over. And breathe... Tours are part of the business and are supposed to generate income for all involved (and a profit of course) but you have to realize that taking a show on the road is a very costly thing to do. At this level there are at least 2 stage sets to transport and so two crews to build it/take it down. There is a huge staff on board as well as the actual cost of the lights, screens, effects etc. Fairtrade is a totally different thing by the way. In my experience broke college students seem to have more money than me! I always see them out drinking, partying and gigging round my way. Anyway 'N', as it's been a while since the last tour, maybe you could start putting a little aside from now, I'm sure that even $2 a week will help the gig fund. Hmmm I might start doing it too just in case Prince is due back in the U.K...


    January 4, 2011 - submitted by Pranav, India

    Q. Dear Oracle, Can you help me find a picture of the band standing in a railway track if it exists...I can't find it anywhere!!! Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    *Edited - see below... It's funny because when I read your question an image popped into my mind; it's not of a railway but for some reason I felt it was the photo you are looking for. If this isn't it, I'm sure that if there is a railway photo, we'll find it for you! * The photo was taken by a lovely guy called Matt Jones in Palm Springs around the time of their Coachella appearance in 2005. Thanks to Anna (amongst others) for showing me the photos you are DEFINITELY looking for! I had never seen them before. Shame on me!


    January 4, 2011 - submitted by Daria, Lithuania

    Q. So, yeah it's new year, new promises, new things I'm going to do but I don't know what I really need this year. What I really want from my life. It's the hardest part of growing up, yeah to try find yourself. How to do that easier?

    The Oracle replies:

    Today there were rather more questions about life and ways out of situations than usual. I'm assuming that some new year blues have taken hold or it's the time of year where people look at their life and assess where it's going. If you don't yet know what you need this year, I'm sure it will reveal itself at some point. Maybe write a list of everything you'd like your life to look like and be; see where changes could be made to get you on that track. I did that and have an action plan of what I will need to do and when. I am scheduling it in so that it will become part of my every day rather than a separate entity. It's not easy to find yourself when growing up but all you need to do is be true to yourself rather than be what you think is expected of you. Don't concern yourself too much with what others are doing but also don't worry.


    December 30, 2010 - submitted by Blake, United States of America

    Q. Dearest Oracle, Is the video performance of Christmas Lights from the Live Lounge available online? I've looked everywhere with no luck. Thank you!

    The Oracle replies:

    Everywhere Blake? Are you sure about that? Here it is! Enjoy...


    December 30, 2010 - submitted by Vicky, Argentina

    Q. Dear Oracle, have you ever felt that you couldn't be more happy but depressed at the same moment because u know that that happiness is just going to fade out?

    The Oracle replies:

    I remember a Buddhist meditation mantra that was given to me many years ago during a very bleak period and I thought it was amazing until I realized the reverse was also true; "and this too shall pass". I started to think the bad times will pass as will the good but quite quickly thought about how negative I was taking the mantra instead of keeping my outlook positive. I confess that these days I pretty much see the best in things and accept the bad knowing the good will soon come. I truly believe life is too short to sit in black moods contemplating about happiness fading. To me it's worth the energy to keep the happy light burning for as long as possible. That's a nice thought to end the year on eh?


    December 29, 2010 - submitted by Helmut, Austria

    Q. Do you know the prename of Mr.Bean?? ;-)

    The Oracle replies:

    Well his name hasn't ever really been confirmed as he refers to himself as Bean to others. There were two episodes where it seemed his name was revealed - the first name field of his passport was shown; in one episode it was "Mr." in the other Rowan which is of course the actor who plays Bean's first name. However, Rowan Atkinson has been quoted as saying he imagined Mr.Bean's name to be Julian.


    December 29, 2010 - submitted by Adrian, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, Is it true that Glee will do an episode of Coldplay? If so I would like to know any Coldplay member would be star guest/s ?? Thanks

    The Oracle replies:

    I have it on good authority that Viva la Vida will feature in an episode; but not the band.


    December 29, 2010 - submitted by Imrano, Singapore

    Q. Hey Oracle! Is the piano in the Christmas Lights video hand painted by the crew making the video or was it already painted when it arrived on set? It is stunning!

    The Oracle replies:

    Beautiful isn't it? It was hand painted by an artist prior to the video shoot.


    December 28, 2010 - submitted by Aimee, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I hope you are well, yes? I've watched the Christmas Lights video numerous times, and I just love it. How on earth did the fans on the boat find out about it?! And why wasn't I invited? Ok, so I live far off on the other side of the pond . . . Thanks and Merry Christmas! : )

    The Oracle replies:

    Once the idea for the video was confirmed we called on coldplaying.com for help to recruit fans to be part of the boat scene. In fact there were fans who travelled from the 'other side of the pond' as it wasn't restricted to U.K residents.


    December 28, 2010 - submitted by Jenny, United States of America

    Q. What does the pH at the end of Coldplay's tweets mean?

    The Oracle replies:

    It's Phil's sign-off so it stands for Phil Harvey or rather, phil Harvey.


    December 27, 2010 - submitted by Thibault, France

    Q. Hi dearest Oracle, Browsing the website of The Museum of Everything, I found a name Peter Blake. I think I know this name, did you ever speak of him in Coldplay.com? Thank you!

    The Oracle replies:

    Peter Blake is the curator of The Museum of Everything and I am not surprised you recognize his name; he designed the sleeve for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He's a famous artist well worth looking up.




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