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    Concert Venue Camera Policy Explained By The Oracle...

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    September 19, 2008 - submitted by Rita, Brazil

    Q. Was it because I am latin that my camera (which is NOT professional!!!!) was taken before the Barcelona concert while the others over 1000 cameras could take a picture of Coldplay during the show??????? Maybe my camera is very special, right? Great show, by the way.

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm sorry to hear that but the reason will be that it's the policy at all gigs that cameras and recording equipment aren't allowed. It usually says this in the terms and condition either on the ticket or at the time of purchase. Most venues turn a blind eye and are more interested whether you have food or drink concealed. With the advent of mobile phone technology they can't take phones away so most people take photos and videos using their mobiles. Many artists have personal strict rules enforced at live shows which means security are very busy warning people or confiscating cameras. I assume you got it back as they have the facilities to leave your cameras during the show.

    September 19, 2008 - submitted by Jim, United Kingdom

    Q. In the television advert for 'Ocean Village' on ITV1 in the UK, the music seems to be a complete rip off of a Colplay song, only played in a 'lounge-music' style.

    Has anybody else heard this and wondered if it has permission to use this, or is just a cheapo attempt to recreate Coldplay magic? Thanks, Jim.

    The Oracle replies:

    It's very typical in advertising to recreate popular songs. There's also one for Preston college that's so similar to Viva la Vida but even though it's a rip-off, they're not technically breaking any copyright laws.


    September 19, 2008 - submitted by Elyse, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle,

    I need your advice because I can't seem to find a way to fix my problem. I have a friend that began to have feelings for me 2 years ago. At that time I found out that he liked me, I almost immediately made it clear to him that nothing would ever happen between us. Yet, 2 years later, he still cannot seem to let it go. He still tries to convince me that I should be with him and when he drinks, he continually confesses his love to me. Sometimes, he is very hurtful to me and says this is because he is frustrated that he can't be with me. It really frustrates me that after such a long time, he has made no progress in getting over me. Another problem is that I genuinely think he is a nice person and still want to maintain a friendship with him. But, even more, I would like him to move on from me.

    Thanks for your help!

    The Oracle replies:

    Maybe you could start by making sure you're not around him when he's under the influence of alcohol. If he is a true friend he should respect what you tell him about your feelings. It will be hard to maintain a relationship with another man if this friend is on the scene so ask yourself what the friendship gives you. I'm sorry to say that you probably can't maintain a friendship with this guy if he continues acting in this way. Unrequited love is hard to accept and maybe by distancing yourself, maybe for a short while, it may be the thing he needs to move on. It will be hard for you both but perhaps the more he sees you, the more he thinks there is always a chance of something more.


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