15 February 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, 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 before midnight Thursday 21st February.

Lately I've realized that my best friend hasn't really been the same. After a breakup with her boyfriend a few months ago, her behavior has changed. She used to always be in a cheerful mood but now she doesn't seem to care about anyone or anything. She almost seems like she's angry most of the time when I'm around her. Another thing is that she's almost completely stopped eating. I rarely see her eat anything anymore and she is skinny enough as it is. Today she told me that she had lost nearly fifteen pounds in just a few months, making her weight drop almost to the double digits. It's been scaring the living hell out of me. I want to do something but I don't know what and I'm worried about how she would react if I told her that I thought she hadn't been herself for these past few months. I'm just very upset and worried about her right now and I don't know what to do. Can you please help me? Christine. USA.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
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14 February 2013 / submitted by Pau, Argentina
Q.  Hi Wise Oracle!
A few days ago I was watching the music video:"The Nappies". It's very funny.
But I have a problem: I could recognize almost everyone in that video except from the one with the red wig. It seems to be a woman, but I am not totally sure.
Please Oracle, Can you tell me who is this?
Thanks in advanced.
I actually knew I had answered this already but I nearly fell off my chair when I discovered (using the search option on this site to search "nappies") that it was way back on August 13, 2009! Blimey, where does time go?
Dan Green won't thank you for thinking he's a woman, but it is Dan - the band's sound engineer.

14 February 2013 / submitted by Sam, United States of America
Q.  Greetings from Michigan!
I was wondering... do the boys ever find embarrassing photos (and such) of themselves on the internet and don't like it? Just like dorky photos where they're making weird faces (not anything more!)
I think we all have photos of ourselves we cringe at.
I think you just have to laugh at old photos no matter how embarrassing they may feel now. There is a great example of a "funny" retrospective on this site. In one of the timeline videos from 1999 - Click the March TV icon - there is a picture and footage of Chris' hair. The photo has the caption "Hmm, nice hair" and while the band are looking back at it, they have a laugh over the comment. It shows a gig with the same big hair from that time that is rather similar to one of the Hair Bear Bunch!

14 February 2013 / submitted by Danny, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Mr Oracle Sir, I've recently taken up the ukulele. Great little instrument. Do any of the band play them?
I bet Will can; he can play anything!

13 February 2013 / submitted by Ana Karen, Mexico
Q.  Is it true that Coldplay is going to give two free concerts here in Mexico due to the Non Violence Foundation? I really want this to be real but I have my doubts, so... I wanted to ask you, dear Oracle.
No. There is absolutely no truth to the "news" that Coldplay are performing at La Fundacion No Violence.
I'm not sure how the rumours started but since a lot of you are asking, I wanted to clear it up.

13 February 2013 / submitted by Amora, United States of America
Q.  Have anything planned for ya'lls 20th anniversary? IT HAS TO BE HUGE :D
That's 5 years away! Nothing planned just now.

13 February 2013 / submitted by Paul, France
Q.  If I visit The Bakery, can I enter inside it and visit it?
Thank you Oracle.
No, I'm afraid you can't. It's not open to the public.

12 February 2013 / submitted by Frisby, United States of America
Q.  In this interview, Simon Pegg references a song called A + E. Is there a recording of it anywhere?
There isn't a recorded studio version if that's what you mean.

12 February 2013 / submitted by Vasilis, Greece
Q.  Warner Music Group bought Parlophone. Does this affect the group in any direct (artistc, if you like) way, except from the fact that Warner will now sign the contracts rather than EMI? Thanks in advance!
EMI had actually already been sold; Parlophone's sale was a condition of that deal.
The band won't be directly affected by the acquisition.
Stephen Cooper, CEO of Warner Music Group, said:
“We are committed to making this a great outcome for Parlophone’s artists and employees, who will find in WMG a similar spirit and culture that is dedicated to providing the most supportive and innovative home for recording artists. The continuation of the Parlophone legacy and brand are central to the future success of this combination, and we are proud to have them join us.”

12 February 2013 / submitted by Sandy, United States of America
Q.  Happy Heart's Day Oracle,
Are you madly in love at the moment?
Hope so!
Do you mean Valentine's Day? That's not until Thursday (14th).
Nope, I'm not madly in love and am happy not to be but thanks all the same.
It's Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day here today though. It doesn't look I'll be getting any of that either!
Happy flipping/tossing to pancake lovers and love to all the singles out there for Thursday.