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    The Oracle looks back on the early connections between Coldplay and Keane

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    November 12, 2009 - submitted by Jesse, Australia

    Q. Dear Oracle, I was just reading the Hopes and Fears deluxe edition booklet, and it says, "The same label had helped Coldplay by releasing their Brothers & Sisters single in 1999 (which meant Rice-Oxley was following in the footsteps of former University friend Chris Martin)." Does that mean that Chris and Tim aren't friends anymore?

    The Oracle replies:

    The 'former' is referring to the University not to be being friends. They do still bump into each other from time to time but aren't actually close friends as both are so busy with their bands. It's very hard to keep in touch with people when you're in a band; writing, recording and touring. Chris once phoned Danny MacNamara (Embrace) to ask if they were still friends as it had been so long since he'd had the chance to get in touch. (He said yes by the way). For anyone interested the label that released both Coldplay's and Keane's first outing was Fierce Panda.

    November 12, 2009 - submitted by Daniela, Mexico

    Q. Dear Oracle, My sister is currently living at Nova Scotia, and yesterday she told me she saw Chris walking down the street, which, as she likes to exaggerate, I didn't believe. We both decided to investigate if this fact was true, so I decided to ask to you, is it true that he was at Nova Scotia around November 9? I will surely be jealous but amazed at the same time if it is true, because my sister assures he smiled at her! Thanks for your time and information, take care.

    The Oracle replies:

    I doubt it was exaggeration perhaps just a case of mistaken identity as Chris was in London for sure.


    November 12, 2009 - submitted by Aimee, United States of America

    Q. Please clarify for non-United Kingdom folk: quid = pound(s)

    crimbo = ? busk(ing) = ? Thanks Oracle!

    The Oracle replies:

    Ah yes, there were a few people from the States and Scandinavia who also asked this question. A quid is one pound, Chrimbo/Crimbo is another name for Christmas and busking is performing music on the streets for money. You can be moved along by police in many areas so it's worth checking before you venture into this! FYI: London Underground allows a number of artists to perform at certain pitches; before 2003 it was actually illegal.




    Official photos of Coldplay at Wembley stadium, London, UK (18th & 19th September 2009):






















    Photos by Penny Howle (courtesy of Coldplay.com)


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