Oracle
26 July 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?
When I answer questions of a personal nature, Coldplay.com readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, 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 theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday1st August.

Should I tell my best friend I'm in love with her?
We've been really good friends for the past 3 years now and I think I've always felt like this.
The bad thing is that she has a boyfriend and he's one of my best friends too.
Everytime she has a problem with her boyfriend she always comes to me to talk about it an I'm always their to comfort her.
I feel like we're always their for each other, but.. I've always wanted more.
Please help.
I don't know what to do anymore. Branson, USA.


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


25 July 2013 / submitted by Josh, United Kingdom
Q.  In the credits for Yeezus it says Chris Martin wrote on the track Guilt Trip. I remember Chris was in Paris a few months back when Kanye was working on the album. Is this Coldplay's Chris Martin?
As you probably know Chris has collaborated with Kanye before (on Homecoming) but no, that's not our Chris. It's DJ Premier & his real name is also Chris Martin.


25 July 2013 / submitted by Natalia, Mexico
Q.  Hi there! I was looking for a video. Could you help me please?
I remember I saw a video long time ago, (I don't know the band's name), but Chris & Jonny were like detectives walking in a park.. they appeared just for a little while. Good vibes from Mexico!!
If you click this, you will find out all you need to know...




25 July 2013 / submitted by Greg, United States of America
Q.  Most Coldplay fans know that 'Til Kingdom Come was originally written to be sung with Johnny Cash. I would like to know if Cash had not passed when he did, would he have been on the track on X&Y?
That's not quite accurate, Greg. The song wasn't written to be sung with Johnny; it was written for Johnny to sing. If he hadn't died the song would not have been on X&Y at all, it would have been on the planned Johnny Cash album.


24 July 2013 / submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!
If I wanted to buy the comics, should I even though I'm not really knowledgeable on comics?

Enjoy your summer x
I'm not into comics either and haven't a clue about such things but I think if you have an interest in the artist you will find the comic of interest too. That's what I found with both my only previous experience - a DC Comics Prince comic back in 1991 - and Mylo Xyloto.


24 July 2013 / submitted by Philipe, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Do you and Coldplay guys know the Athlete Band (the band of the singer Joel Pott)?
They have great and harmonic songs as Coldplay.
I would like to watch a presentation with the two of them together.
Is it possible to happen?

Thank you!
Did you know that the same guy who signed Coldplay later signed Athlete? They were label mates for a while. There isn't likely to be a collaboration but I'm sure they will both be on the same bill at festivals again as they have in the past.
Athlete have been touring their 10th year anniversary show recently.
I was sent their demo back in 2000 and know the man who managed them back then and subsequently signed them to Fiction well but I don't know the band. I met one of the guys in a pub near me a few months ago. Nice chap.



24 July 2013 / submitted by Alf, Mexico
Q.  Is there any EP or single mp3 of the song Don Quixote?

Also known as Spanish Rain, there isn't a legitimate single or MP3 available, no. There are versions online of course but they're not official at all.


23 July 2013 / submitted by Mary, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
What is Chris Martin's favorite brand of guitar?
Chris plays a few brands; Martin, Gibson and Takamine... Martin & Gibson are his favoured choices.


23 July 2013 / submitted by Angelica, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey there,
is there going to be anymore series from Coldplay's comic books? Or was the 6 series the end.
It has ended with 6th issue as it was a six-part series.


23 July 2013 / submitted by Sammy, United States of America
Q.  Hello there!

I have gotten the amazing opportunity to study in London for a semester, and I was wondering what your top 5 favorite places were?? These could be places to eat, drink, relax, think, etc. Thanks!

Sammy
I hope you don't mind me presuming that as a student you'll prefer me to suggest places that won't break the bank. Some of these are my favourite places but not all are "top 5" in terms of the best.
Eat: Bistro 1, (3 locations).
Drink: The Nicholson chain (various locations) is competitive for booze or Flat White (Soho) for coffee.
Relax: Any of the parks.
Think: Hampstead Heath.
I also recommend the British Library where you can do all 4!

Most of London's major museums and galleries are free admission with a voluntary donation. They have lockers or left luggage so I suggest checking in your belongings and taking a leisurely stroll around the magnificent exhibits.

Here are a few other ideas:
Live music: Barfly (Camden).
Shopping: Westfield Centre (Shepherd's Bush or Stratford) for High St. shopping. Spitalfields or Borough for markets.
Night Club: Ultimate Power.
Cinema: Everyman (various locations).
Views: Southbank for street level landmarks, Primrose Hill for elevated.

There are obviously so many things to do in London but it's certainly worth considering both tourist attractions and discovering off the beaten track experiences.
There are plenty of theatre, cabaret and comedy nights to unearth without necessarily being West End prices.
One other thing, if the good weather continues, try outdoor film screenings or a visit to the infamous Globe Theatre - take a cushion!
Have a great stay, Sammy.




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