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16 October 2013 / submitted by Giorgi, Georgia
Q.  Hi dear Oracle,
On this link at 0:20, listen what does he say? "Sakartvelo"? I really wonder what he said because it sounds like Sakartvelo and it's my country's name. Thanks a lot.
This show was filmed in Madrid and so what you hear is Chris repeating what he says at 0.18 - "Let's jump together" - in Spanish: "Saltar por favor" which means 'jump please'.


15 October 2013 / submitted by Carrie, United States of America
Q.  Hello there :)

I have been wondering lately about how Will joined the band. He didn't play drums until he joined so how did it all come about? Was he friends with the others beforehand? If he didn't play the drums previous to joining, what was his role going to be in the band? If you think about the info out there, it kind of sounds like they were all sitting around one day, talking about who they could get to drum and Will said, "I've never played but I'll give it a go," and the rest were all, "Well... okay. Sure. Why not?"

Also, according to Wikipedia (which is always true HAHA), Will joined the band on July 31, 1997, which is a very specific date (and not just Harry Potter's birthday but Will's birthday also!) Is there a story behind it that could be shared? Would you mind filling in the story of Will joining Coldplay a little bit for all of us?

Thank you so much!

Carrie
Houston, TX
Yes, Will knew the others; he & Chris used to busk on guitars together. I have no idea of the exact date that Will joined the band or what date in 1998 the following occurred. Will's flatmate was supposed to drum on some tracks for Chris, Jonny & Guy but when they went round to their flat, he wasn't in. They waited a while and eventually Will (being the multi-instrumentalist as he is) said that although he wasn't a drummer if they were stuck, he'd give it a go. The rest, as they say, is history.


15 October 2013 / submitted by Ari G, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle, I was watching a video on YouTube of The Police at the Live Earth concert playing Message In A Bottle featuring John Mayer, and they pan to a shot of the crowd and in the front row I could have sworn it was Phil looking very happy to be there. Is this him?
Yes! Good spot, Ari. A close friend of the band & team was heavily involved in the project and here is Phil enjoying it (around the 1'18 mark) at the Giant's Stadium, NJ.


14 October 2013 / submitted by Abby , United States of America
Q.  Hello!
Just a weird question. Does Coldplay travel with a nurse/health professional? I work for a production company but am getting my nursing degree in college.
Just thought that combo would be pretty rad.
Thanks!
Ha! Nice try, Abby. If you think about how often the band may need medical assistance on the road, a health care professional would be surplus to those requirements for much of the time. Their personal trainer travels with them but a nurse / doctor is on a need basis only.


14 October 2013 / submitted by Anna Maria, Thailand
Q.  Hey Oracle! I recently came across a clip from a Family Guy episode (I think it's a sort of The Simpsons spinoff...) and the character said "I got kicked out of Coldplay" and it showed a clip of him and a cartoon version of Chris, Will, Guy and Jonny, and the character said "Hey guys, why don't we write a song that's not whiny bullcrap?"??? What is this madness!? How on earth did the producers get permission to say something like that?! I'm sorry, Oracle, but I am very upset about this. And I am never going to watch Family Guy. (It should be Family Guy Berryman! :) )
Don't be upset - it's called freedom of speech. Just see it as artistic license. There have been far worse things said about people on that show and that's not the only time Coldplay have come under fire.
Though I also don't like the derogatory comments about the band, (fiercely loyal, proud and defensive) Family Guy is still one of my favourite shows.
It is not a spin off by the way. It's of far more adult content and nothing to do with The Simpsons. Family Guy was created by Seth MacFarlane many years after Matt Groening created The Simpsons.
FYI Coldplay have made a guest appearance in The Simpsons.



11 October 2013 / submitted by Eli, Sweden
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #139
I'm a teenager, and for a very long time now, I have suspected that I've got OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. I do a lot of things that I don't understand, have my own explanations for, and sometimes I do it by habit. When I do something differently or do a mistake, no matter how small it might be, it feels wrong in a way that sort of aches, and sometimes I get an anxiety attack. There are times when I feel really down, and on some occasions, it has caused me to shut down and go almost emotionally numb.
But my main issue is not really knowing. I've done a lot of research, but making a diagnose yourself only gets you so far. I'm also very worried that I'm not really sick, but I'm just telling myself that I am. I need to know. I can't possibly tell my parents because I know they can't handle it.
I've been doing this and even more things since I was a kid, so if they would have done something they would have done it ages ago.
I don't know what to do. How I feel I can handle. The music and animals surrounding me help me snap out of things, but what kills me is not knowing.
Can you please help me?
Don't worry, Eli. There is help out there for you. I'm not going to talk about OCD too much but rather the way to handle your current situation.
First, if the not knowing is killing you, find out! Like you say, self-diagnosis is not a great idea even though I agree, you do show the signs of having OCD. Even if you don't, you have anxiety issues to address so it can't hurt finding out either way so book a doctor appointment at your earliest convenience.
Second, you do not & cannot know that your parents can't handle it. You must talk to them. Just because they haven't done anything about it so far doesn't mean they haven't noticed or they won't be willing to help support you through it.
OCD is often considered nothing more than a quirk or idiosyncrasy. It can be debilitating in some cases and shouldn't be ignored.
It may help you to find and join a group of people going through the same. In some cases I believe OCD is learned behaviour. The good news is behaviour can be relearned. With therapeutic help, you can manage it and hopefully get to a position where you are free from the disorder. You could have specific hypnotherapy if you're in a position to. It could be really beneficial to you.
My advice for now though is to tell your folks and see a doctor / health care professional.
Hopefully you will also find this link of use.
Over to you.

The first thing you need to understand is that in no way at all are you alone in this. I can tell you that a lot of people suffer from OCD, myself being one of them. I too am a teenager, and I too was lost – I didn’t know what to do. It’s important to know that you can get help for it - there are trained professionals who work with people who suffer from OCD every day, and they WILL help. I know it seems really tough explaining to people you have OCD, because you think they won’t understand, and I’m going to tell you the truth – some won’t. But those who love you and care for you the most will, and they will help you. I understand it could take you months, even years upon years to bring yourself to tell someone because there is always that thought niggling away at you – “This is stupid. This is foolish. Why can’t I just stop? People won’t understand.” But when you do finally get help for it, and I urge you to, I guarantee you won’t regret it. In the meantime Eli, keep doing things that calm you. Keep listening to music and doing other things that make you feel relaxed. It helps. Goodbye, and good luck. Jayden.

Everyone has OCD tendencies, like needing keeping crayons in rainbow order, but this does not mean that they have OCD. Remember that you can't really diagnose yourself. BUT if you are doing "things" such as repeatedly doing the same task over and over, or because you fear something bad will happen, then you should definitely seek the help of a professional psychologist. In general it seems that this is causing you great anxiety and it might be worth talking to a teacher at school if you don't think that your parents will understand, or can handle it. Talking to a health professional would be preferable seeing as they could keep it confidential. Emily.

First of all I would like to praise you for reaching out to talk about your feelings! That is the hardest part and it takes courage. However, it is you are the biggest key in finding the solution to your problems. You need to talk to someone. Try seeing your regular Doctor and explain what is going on and he can provide you with a list of places where you can go to talk to someone. They will be able to ask questions, do assessments to determine what the root of your feelings is. I do want to tell you that a lot of people feel this way and it is not your fault. It is a chemical imbalance in the brain that you have no control over. If not knowing is what is really bothering you….give yourself a gift and make an appointment. Trust me, it is worth it. Also, if music and animals make your feel better try to give yourself time each day to spend time listening to music and seeing animals. Both are very therapeutic. It is awesome that you have found things to calm you down, these are called coping skills. Try to find more things to add to your bag of tricks. This also tells me that you are ready to solve your problems. You know what you’re are feeling is not right, so go with your gut and make that appointment. Marcia.

Yours is a very important issue, because it’s about health. I think that psychological diseases are like the others, they can make you feel very sick, and nobody should feel ashamed of it. The only difference that I find is that you can’t tell exactly when it hurts, so it’s easier to understand that you have a cold than a psychological disorder.
For this reason, I heartily recommend you to go to a psychologist that is the only person that can really help you. He can do a serious diagnose and tell you what to do to feel better. Maybe you have got OCB, maybe it’s just your personality, but in both cases you feel bad and you are worried about it, so you have to do something.
I think also you should talk with your parents. Why you think they can’t handle it? They love you and certainly they want you to feel fine, so they can understand your problem. If you don’t feel ready to talk with them, find a good friend that support you and ask your psychologist to help you tell them what it’s happening.
Yours truly, Federica.

A self diagnose doesn’t make sense in this case, there are tests for it and to find out if there is a sickness at all. Except of the anxiety attack it sounds quite normally like a description of going through a tough puberty. What do your friends think about it? Have you ever asked one? Is there a teacher at your school to ask? Find an address for professional help. You can only know when someone tells you, but even then: doctors can be wrong, so don’t despair of any answer you could get. However two or more opinions are better than only one. Besides I think you’ve found a very good remedy with your animals and the music, don’t forget the rest though. Don’t worry. L.Q.

Thanks for this week’s replies. Remember, Team Oracle is open to anyone so if you fancy joining in and offering your advice, click to read this week's, and send us your answer.



11 October 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?
As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 17th October. Include your twitter name for a follow back.

I think that I'm falling out of love. I'm wondering if I ever loved them to begin with. I need help in figuring out the emotions. Thanks.
Ann, UK.


Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.
Please email your replies to theoracle@coldplay.com


10 October 2013 / submitted by Erika, Italy
Q.  Dear Oracle, nice to talk to you..
I've just discovered that Coldplay, on 16th July 2000 were in Misterbianco (Catania) at Sonica Festival when they had knew about their last album's success in UK. Is that true? I grew up in a town near there, and I'd be very curious to know it (I was 2 and I wouldn't have been able to go there however).
Thank you, hope your reply :)
On 16 July 2000, myself, Phil and a few select few gathered to listen to the UK album chart countdown. We did know already that Parachutes was heading for the top spot, but tradition is to listen to the radio on official chart day. The band were playing at Sonica Festival, Misterbianco and that's where they were when they found out their debut album was number 1 in the UK. It was a special day indeed.


10 October 2013 / submitted by Miranda, United States of America
Q.  I find it particularly endearing that you and Anchorman use Ha ha instead of Lol that so many World Wide Web users tend to use. My question is, will you second guess your use after having it pointed out to you or will you continue using ha ha without remembering my pointing it out to you? Or finally, will it stick in your mind that I asked but not cause you to second guess the style?
I have a confession, Miranda. I hope it doesn't offend and I can only speak for myself.
I absolutely abhor text speak. It's my top pet peeve. In my opinion it should be banned or at the very least reserved solely for use by teenagers or younger. The only thing worse than adults texting these abominations is hearing them saying them as words in actual speech.
I have never used lol, lmao, rofl in any way. Lol should only ever mean lots of love to my generation.
I don't respond well to these text / online abbreviations because if you can't fit it into a text or tweet, it's probably too long.
That said, as a Prince fan I have been partial to using 2 for to and u for you in the past.
I must be really old because I also get quite prickly when I see band names such as MS MR et al. I'm not so much bothered by MGMT because at least they had to change their name because The Management already existed.
To (finally) answer your question, it isn't deliberate so much as a natural way for me to write it. Ha ha is an actual laugh out loud so I feel no need to "shorten" it - not that I ever will.
Thanks, Miranda, I feel so much better for getting that off my chest. I wonder if Anchorman feels the same...



9 October 2013 / submitted by Roger, Canada
Q.  Who was involved in the production of the Atlas single as the sonics are breathtakingly beautiful? I would guess that Mr. Eno may have had a hand in some of those textures.
Thanks in advance,
R
Apart from the creative input of the band it wasn't Brian, it was Messrs. Simpson & Green (Rik & Dan).



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