8 January 2013 / submitted by Tahra, United States of America
Q.  Oracle,

I was reading past answers and I saw that Chris has a mix of ginger, lemon, and hot water that he has during concerts. I'm also a singer and I know that lemon irritates the throat since it's acidic. Does Chris know about this? Or does he have the lemon for a specific reason?
Acidic doesn't have to mean irritant or that it's not good; he wouldn't drink it if it didn't work for him. It also works for me. I also find lemon juice is great for clearing my throat. The combination of honey, water & ginger are perfect to soothe and cleanse. If it doesn't work for you though, obviously steer clear. Whatever works.

7 January 2013 / submitted by Nat, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle!

Can you tell me what are they doing with all those wristbrands? Are they volunteers?

Nat - Brazil
The Xylobands arrive in boxes with little plastic tabs that they need pulling out of position before the audience arrives so that's what they're doing - removing the tab that activates them.
They're not Oxfam volunteers but the photo was taken by someone who works for Oxfam who was on the MX tour.

7 January 2013 / submitted by Sophie, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle,
Sorry but in the Every Teardrop is a Waterfall I keep on hearing 'I'd rather be a comma than a fullstop' am I going crazy or does it actually say that?
If i'm not going crazy why? WHY SO RANDOM?
Thanks in Advance,
It's one of my favourite lyrics on the whole album and the second I heard it, it jumped out at me and I agreed and decided I too would rather be a comma than a full stop.
It's a metaphor and to me is anything but random - fits perfectly. Who'd want to stop when you can pause?

7 January 2013 / submitted by Saakshi, India
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Who is the guy in this picture between Lady Gaga and Guy? Also, are any of the Coldplay band members likely to join twitter?

The guy is another Guy - Guy Garvey from the band Elbow.
I doubt very much the band members will ever tweet via a personal account.

4 January 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Welcome to the first Team Oracle question of 2013.
As you (hopefully) know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll 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 before midnight Thursday 10th January.

I have recently split up with my boyfriend. I thought he loved me and I think/thought I loved him too. We had made so many plans together for our lives and we said that we would always be there for each other, no matter what would happen to us. That meant a lot to me and I will never forget it. It made a mark in to my heart. I am still in that place every time I think about him. But I am now like nothing to him. I do not know what happened, or really why or when and where. All I know is that one day, all of a sudden, he decided that he didn't love me anymore. I was shocked.

He has also stopped all contact with me so I didn't even get the chance to talk to him about what happened. I am air to him.
This, was all so all of a sudden for me, and I am still in that place when he love me. And I him.
How will I get my heart unbroken and my spirit and soul back together again?
I am an 21 year old artist/model and he is a 24 year old musician. Love, Helena, Sweden.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
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4 January 2013 / submitted by Will, United Kingdom
Q.  Would any members of Coldplay ever consider of going any shows such as Big Brother or going round the Top Gear Track?
I could definitely see one of the guys putting their foot down taking on the Top Gear lap challenge - I think they'd all fair well. As for Big Brother et al. that would NEVER happen. They may watch the odd reality show but they wouldn't want to be in one. Yes, they're known but they don't consider themselves celebrities. Though some of the celebrities who take part aren't celebrities either... Ouch!

4 January 2013 / submitted by Teresa, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle!
Can you say me who drew the lovely Christmas greetings?
Thank You!
Chris drew it.

4 January 2013 / submitted by Kidder, United States of America
Q.  What kind of sticks does Will use, and how has he been taping them on the MX tour?

Will uses Pro Mark 5b American Hickory wood tips and gets through 4 or 5 per show but I have no idea how they're taped - sorry!

3 January 2013 / submitted by Mike, United States of America
Q.  I was looking through the pictures of Coldplay at the Palace of Auburn Hills and I noticed something: In the pictures, Danielle took one of Chris at the piano, and one from Lindsay A has Chris at a differently painted piano. Does he usually use two or is it somehow the same one?
Carly A took a clearer shot of the same piano as in the photo by Lindsay A but as you noticed they are different to the photo taken by Danielle.
I'm guessing you didn't see the MX Tour? There were 3 stages: the main stage, the X stage and C stage. Carly & Lindsay's photo is of the X stage and Danielle's is of the main stage.
There has to be a keyboard/piano at each of these hence them being painted differently.
I'm more fascinated by the fact you didn't mention the different colour t-shirt Chris is wearing in those two photos...

3 January 2013 / submitted by Sven, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle,
Who's that guy standing next to Chris in that photo in Brooklyn? I've also seen him in the Coldplay Live 2012 with Chris on the golf cart riding to the c-stage.
That's Kelly who you will have seen before as he's what's known in the game as "Artist Security". He keeps the guys safe, escorts them and basically is a bit like Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard.