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December 12, 2013 – submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q. Hellow I’m very very frustrated because in tumblr someone put a photo of some cd’s and dvd’s of Coldplay and I saw a cd next to the left right left right soooo I want to know which see the is next to left right left right I want to know which cd is. Here is the link of my tumblr – is the second picture. Please help me to find out the name of the cd. Thanks.
The Oracle replies:
It’s not the second photo now as I didn’t answer this immediately but the cd next to Leftrightleftrightleft (you missed a “left” off) is a bootleg. I can see the cover is a black & white MX era photo but I’m afraid I don’t know what the CD is as it’s unofficial and therefore not one of our releases.

December 12, 2013 – submitted by Ed, United Kingdom
Q. I know you have said that you wouldn’t tell us the set list for the Under 1 Roof show, but can you give us a pointer in how long it will be and when the whole concert will finish? Cheers.
The Oracle replies:
Wouldn’t if I could but couldn’t because I don’t know. The Eventim (pka Hammersmith) Apollo probably has an 11pm curfew so there should be plenty time for everyone to make their onward journeys home. There’s a lot to fit in but Coldplay will be on for an hour. I’ll leave it to Anchorman to give the full who’s on when list of stage times.

December 12, 2013 – submitted by Tori, United States of America
Q. Hey Oracle, I was wondering what the name of the egg-shaped guitar Chris uses in this performance of Yellow was? I believe it’s also one of the guitars that the band the Rolling Stones used.
The Oracle replies:
It’s been a while since I answered this question. I first replied to it in 2009 and again here in 2010.
And yes, here is Rolling Stone’s Brian Jones playing one.

December 11, 2013 – submitted by Luiz, Brazil
Q. Hello great Oracle. Now that Coldplay left the EMI label, which label can we contact if we need information about the band? Thanks!!!
The Oracle replies:
The band haven’t left EMI; Parlophone (the band’s label) is no longer part of EMI but the band are still on Parlophone. It’s not usual to contact the label for band information. The label have a website with info of course but it’s here – the band’s website – where all information can be found, including contact details. Facebook & twitter are also good places to leave messages or find out info.

December 11, 2013 – submitted by Grace, Australia
Q. Hello Oracle! You recently answered a question about the Shiver lyrics. I had honestly never thought about it like that, I always thought it was a question rather than saying don’t shiver. But now I’m a little confused, the lyrics are “Don’t you shiver”, which without commas is “do not you shiver”, which doesn’t makes sense… Am I wrong, because I think that’d explain a lot ahaha thank you and I hope you can understand my explanation! (p.s I’m sorry if this is a silly question!!)
The Oracle replies:
Hello (again). You mean the apostrophe. It’s true an apostrophe replaces the letter o but it doesn’t have to be taken literally or rather, gramattically. We simply do not go around (see what I did there) necessarily saying things in full or with regard to the sense without that apostrophe. To illustrate what I mean, The Human League had a massive hit in the 80s with Don’t You Want Me. Nobody would say “do not you want me?” but somehow it works with the “don’t”. There are many examples of apostrophe use that challenges the rules.

December 11, 2013 – submitted by Grace, Australia
Q. Hello!! I’m not sure about you but I really love animals. I know Chris has a white little Maltese dog called Daffodil! But I saw this photo of Phil (Hi Yasmin!!) and I was wondering what the name is of the gorgeous black kelpie of theirs? Also is that Daffodil behind him/her? :) Thank you so much Oracle
The Oracle replies:
I have no idea who that dog is. It may be a family dog but it definitely isn’t Phil’s dog – different breed and colour. That doesn’t look like Daffodil behind – I don’t even think that’s an animal.

December 10, 2013 – submitted by Reyes, Spain
Q. Hi there! I was wondering, did Chris know how to ride a monocycle before the Paradise video, or did he have to learn? Thanks very much, lots of love from Spain!
The Oracle replies:
Yes, he did. Mat Whitecross mentions the fact in this interview along with more interesting facts about the Paradise video.

December 10, 2013 – submitted by Marianna, Brazil
Q. Why the song Shiver doesn’t have the interrogation point at the of the line on the chorus: ‘don’t you shiver’??
The Oracle replies:
If I said to you “don’t you worry” that’s obviously different to “don’t you worry?” There’s no question in Shiver. It’s saying don’t shiver.

December 10, 2013 – submitted by Millie, United Kingdom
Q. For the under one roof concert, do you know Coldplay’s set list? I’m not going, unfortunately… also, is there going to be a live stream? Thank you Oracle! :)
The Oracle replies:
I’m afraid we won’t be announcing the setlist in advance – I honestly don’t know it but as per, if I did, I wouldn’t say. We’re not streaming it but I’m sure we won’t keep you in the dark.

December 9, 2013 – submitted by Philippa, United Kingdom
Q. It’s almost Christmas and I’ll be playing Christmas Lights on repeat. I’d like to add Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to my playlist. Any chance of a Mince Spies re-release? PLEASE!
The Oracle replies:
I’m afraid not. This time of year is when I get asked this question the most – not surprisingly – but it’s not likely to ever see the light of day as a re-release. It is a rare item from their very early days and I think that’s what makes it a very special item. I just looked and there’s one on eBay but it may set you back a few quid.

December 9, 2013 – submitted by Sagnik, India
Q. How do you get the membership of the official website?
The Oracle replies:
We don’t have membership to the website. The only thing we have is a Newsletter Mailing List that you may – if you wish – sign up for. The newsletter features all the latest Coldplay news, plus exclusive contests to win signed prizes.

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