11 April 2014 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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 before midnight Thursday 17th April.

My relationship is complicated, my boyfriend and I come from two very different cultures. He's not allowed to date, but he's dating me. Right now, when people ask me about how do I see our future, I always tell them that our future is unknown. His family doesn't know about me, and I don't know if he'll tell them one day. I'm trying to hold on to this, it's complicated, but he makes me happy. I'm just afraid that one day I'll get hurt if he decides to take his family's way. What should I do? Lourdes, USA.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.
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10 April 2014 / submitted by Karolyn, Ecuador
Q.  Hi:) Did Chris learned the magic tricks he did in Magic video? I mean, he really did that? Thanks, love you.
Chris was actually taught the magic tricks on set by magician, Joe Labero.

10 April 2014 / submitted by Anonymous, Australia
Q.  Hey Oracle, when was the last time Coldplay played Shiver?
Apparently Shiver was last played on December 15, 2011 at Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany.

9 April 2014 / submitted by Sam, United States of America
Q.  Hello, Oracle!
A while back I saw something (that I believe Jonny wrote) that said at "Coldplay"'s first gig, they played one song twice because they only had a few songs. Do you happen to know which it was? Thanks!
On the 16th January, 1998, "Coldplay" played - under their previous name of Starfish - at The Laurel Tree, Camden.
The setlist was:
If All Else
So Sad
High Speed
An Ode to Deodorant

I'm afraid I don't know which song was played twice. If I find out, I'll update this post.

9 April 2014 / submitted by Daniela , United States of America
Q.  I have a boyfriend he really likes me but I lost feelings for him already. I don't feel the same no more. I don't want to be with him no more but I don't want to hurt his feelings and then feel guilty.
What should I do?
Set him free! It's not fair to be with someone who loves you when those feelings aren't reciprocated. Be honest but gentle. I can't help you to not hurt his feelings or not feel your own guilt - both are fairly unavoidable - but the longer you leave it, the worse they could get so try and do it soon.

9 April 2014 / submitted by Mike, United Kingdom
Q.  Is being 23 too old to be serious about starting a band? I've wanted to for years and after jamming with my mate recently feel as if it's now or never. However, I'm also at the age where I need to be looking for a proper career etc and think it's a bit silly to try to set up a band now.

I know most bands start at college or uni much younger, plus I wouldn't know where to start in terms of organising gigs and getting the right equipment

Many thanks
There is no age limit to starting a band. Anyone can be in a band but if you're talking about making it - it sounds like that's your goal - I won't lie, it's diminished the odds somewhat. Odds can be defied though and plenty have.
Maybe change the goalposts. You can be in a band for fun you know. It doesn't have to result in a record deal.
As for not knowing how to book gigs etc. nobody is born knowing. It's part of the learning process and - to put it bluntly - you'd have to get off your backside and be proactive. Don't expect it all to be done for you as trust me, if you do make it, it will be all the sweeter for the efforts you put in to come to fruition.

8 April 2014 / submitted by Magic Vanessa, Germany
Q.  Dearest Oracle,

I love the official video to MAGIC? Chris is so sweet and handsome as Christopher the assistant ;-). But could you please tell me , who are the actor and actress who are playing Claude and Cecile ? And where is the venue for the video shot ?

Thank you so much

MaGic -)
Ziyi Zhang is playing the part of Cecile but Chris is playing both the parts of Christophe and Claude.

It was directed by Jonas Akerlund and the "venue" doesn't actually exist; it was purpose built for the video shoot.
For those asking, Guy, Jonny & Will aren't playing any parts as they weren't in the video.

8 April 2014 / submitted by Jonathan G, Germany
Q.  While I was watching the latest performance of Colplay where they're playing Magic at Sport Relief 2014 I noticed that Jonny first of all plays the piano (which is great I think!) and then he switches to his guitar - but the piano sounds are still there. Do they use a pedal for that? Is most of their instrumental music played live at all, since they have so many different layers of sounds in their songs - especially in the ones from Mylo Xyloto and Ghost stories:

Thank you and greetings from Germany! :)
I've touched on this subject before but it's important to differentiate between not playing live and miming. Their performances are all real and are not mimed. Everything you see is happening in the moment but there are obviously musical parts that are replicated as it would be impossible to play every sound as you say. Another example is the strings in Viva. Keyboards and MIDI systems are equipped to play these parts at live shows.
FYI I mentioned MIDI last week when listing Roadie #42's roles. It stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

7 April 2014 / submitted by Jenny, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I found this on wikiquotes for Guy: 'it's pretty amazing that no one died in that crash. It's not the best way to start a tour.' I have absolutely no idea what he's talking about, could you clarify please?
Don't worry, he wasn't talking about something the band were involved in. That's not to say there haven't been some scary moments on planes and in cars over the years.

7 April 2014 / submitted by Megan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oraccle!

What prompted the band to divert back to their original acoustic roots when making the new album? Coldplay is a band whose always been known for being "set apart" from other bands with their musical style. Why did they decide to go back rather than forward?
I don't see it as going back. Their debut album, Parachutes, was a very beautiful, simple piece of work but it didn't necessary define the band's future. They have managed to create 6 diverse albums with the common key factor - great songs. The styles have been different without losing the essence of what makes Coldplay, Coldplay.
After Viva the band had intended to make a more acoustic album. Obviously you can hear from the end result that Mylo Xyloto took a different direction.