1 October 2013 / submitted by Charl, United Kingdom
Q.  I listened to Chris sing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on YouTube and I loved it instantly, so I just wondered if it is available to buy somewhere?
There was a compilation charity CD released in 2002 called Maybe This Christmas that the track appeared on - you should still be able to get it.
Other than that, the only other official recording of it is on the Mince Spies CD but that was never available to buy as it was a free giveaway (in 2000). Copies do turn up from time to time on auction sites etc.

1 October 2013 / submitted by Josue, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle
I have a question: when you created the account @ColdplayOracle followed @Roadie_42 why not now?
I wasn't concentrating. I was convinced Roadie #42 once had a twitter account but as it's not our fella, I stopped following.
I will start following people soon but I'm hoping more followers get involved with asking questions and Team Oracle replies rather than retweeting first.

1 October 2013 / submitted by Stephen, United States of America
Q.  My friend and I are starting a small band in which we'll cover the almighty Coldplay along with a song or two that I've written. The problem is we can't decide what to name ourselves. I came up with Poppyfields and him with Perpetual Obscurity. We would like a name based on the Band or anything related. I would love to see what Team Oracle could come up with, too! Thanks. Stephen
Poppyfields is infinitely the better of the two. I wouldn't even consider Perpetual Obscurity for a nano second. It sounds like a bad movie when taken out of context. I can hear the voice over man announcing "coming to a cinema near you". It's too pretentious a band name in my opinion.
My advice is to choose the name depending on what audience you're aiming for. If you're doing your own stuff and a few covers by different bands, don't pick an obvious Coldplay related name. If you're going to be a Coldplay tribute act, decide whether you're wanting to appeal to die hard fans of the band or everyone.
I'm sure there are many tribute acts out there with the same name but someone who has only heard the band's singles wouldn't get that Twisted Logic are a Coldplay tribute act. Many opt for a play on words (gosh, already a pun in itself) - Coldplace etc.
I would ask Team Oracle but already got one in mind for this week and you may be in a hurry. I'll tweet it from my @ColdplayOracle for you & see what happens.

30 September 2013 / submitted by Gabriel, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was listening to the excerpt of So Sad, by Coldplay Have you ever heard it in its entirety? Stylistically, is it similar to the other songs from the Safety EP?
I have and yes, I'd say that it is closer to the Safety EP in style than anything else the band have released. It was written & recorded (for demo purposes only) around the same time as Don't Panic which although was being performed live, was originally discarded as a potential album track. It was quite a late decision to include it on Parachutes.

30 September 2013 / submitted by Salete, Brazil
Q.  Dear Oracle: The Anchorman is a young, old or is he immortal? PS: I love the Anchorman.
Anchorman is as timeless as a work of art or piece of classical music yet like a fine wine he gets better with age. I'm more like a cheese that becomes more powerful but then goes a bit mouldy.

30 September 2013 / submitted by Miguel, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle:

I read on a previous question about this time when the band left the stadium after the concert and half an hour later they were able to see the crowd leaving the venue from their plane because it was so close to the airport. My question is: Did this happen in Mexico City? Because our airport is literally a few blocks away from the Foro Sol stadium, practically in the middle of the city. (Did you know that pilots get paid more for landing in Mexico City because of how difficult and dangerous is to land at our airport?)
Indeed I think it actually was, Miguel. That would have been after the show in March 2010. I was on that tour so it makes sense now looking back. I did not know that about the pilots but I doubt that applied to our flight. We had the same pilot for the entire tour. I recall the second in command was called Nacho.

27 September 2013 / submitted by Natalie, United States of America
My family and I found out two days ago that my dog has a cancerous tumor in her leg that has eaten away at the bone, and we just found out today that the bone can break at any minute and when it does, we're going to have to put her to sleep right away. I'm having an extremely hard time handling this... I don't think I can. Any advice on how to cope with the loss/sickness of a beloved pet? Thanks. Natalie, USA.
The one thing we're sure of in life is that it will end. Death is a part of life and yet we don't seem to be equipped to deal with it despite the knowledge it happens. Death can be unpredictable. It can be sudden, it can be long & drawn out, it can be delayed but never totally prevented.
Sometimes when we are given news that death is imminent we are thrown into grief before a bereavement has taken place. I suppose the advantage - it seems such an absurd word to use - is to make the best of the time you have left with a loved one.
Time is short & precious and to make sure that every minute is filled with as much love and happiness as possible can be difficult when all you want to do is curl up and cry.
If you notice, I haven't used any words to differentiate between whether I am talking about a human or your dog. Loss is loss and the grieving process will be much the same whatever the circumstance.
Pets rarely out-live their owners but as I said, that doesn't mean we're prepared for their earlier departure.
Cherish your last days together. Take photos and make an album to look back at whenever you miss her. Right now this won't help but if you can bear your head to rule your heart take comfort in knowing that the care she's receiving is to ensure the least pain & discomfort possible. I'm sure you wouldn't want her to suffer so putting her to sleep is the kindest thing to do. Letting go is hard when our loved ones are dying but don't give up on her just yet. Dogs are very intuitive so try to be as positive around her as you can.
Photos and memories are very important. Your cherished dog may not always be by your side but she will always remain in your heart.
Over to you.

Losing a pet is never easy, it is just as serious as losing any loved one. You need to realize it is the only humane option now, it is the best thing, as hard as that may be to accept, for your pet and for you. I have had to put down a couple of pets and one thing always strikes me as interesting, animals that would normally freak out at the vets are placid and calm when we go to their final appointment. It's like they know and it's like they are ready. You may have a choice of whether to be present during the procedure, I was for one of our pets, and it was a beautiful experience, but this can vary, so choose based on what you can handle. As far a coping with the loss it is hard, but talk about what your pet meant to you make a video or a picture book, write a journal, and realize that that this was the best last thing you could do for your pet. You can also choose to make a cast of their paws as a special remembrance. I still miss our faithful old gal, she was quite special and very sweet, it has been two years and still makes me sad , ( RIP dear Sable) but it does get easier with time. Take care and give yourself time to cope with your loss, sincerely, Laurie.

I can feel for you, recently I lost a very beloved pet myself. Luckily there were two, so the second one was in mourning itself and needed more attention, this kept me away from being more sad. Most of our pets’ ages are limited and any kind of tumor often causes their end. I had known that day would come, thought I would be prepared then. Of course we are not to be prepared for something like this, to loose what we love to death, it’s never easy, although it will occur again and again the longer we live. I suppose you’re quite young and did not loose any important persons yet, sooner or later we all do. So we have to handle it, at least for those who are still around us.
Try to make those last days as comfortable as possible for your dog. When it has to be finished, then quickly. Ask your vet if you can stay in the room, I don’t think you will regret it later. A sad truth sometimes is better than an unknown hope. Imagine your dog would have been stolen or something, you would never know anything.
Later, when you’re through: there are many dogs or other animals which would be happy to have an owner like you. They will never be the same like your present one, however it could be worth to give one of them a chance. All the best, L.Q.

Two and a half years ago, I got my beloved Kip. He's changed my life completely and the day he goes is one I dread. I would suggest, if I were in that spot, to get another dog. Not to replace your recently passed dog in spirit, but to give another dog a chance to experience and benefit from your love just like the first one did. Kip has given me my first true passion in life, to take care and love animals in any way that I can. Also, the new friend should help you in the grieving process. Make sure you don't have any regrets and give him/her a sendoff that would honor them. The night before my first dog would be put to sleep, I went out to the patio where we kept her and stayed with her for a little while. I told her that I loved her and always will love her, and that she was as special as can be to me. It didn't make the sorrow subside totally, but it did allow me to feel some closure with her impending fate. If getting another dog doesn't feel right, then go with any gut instinct you might have. If you don't have one, don't fret. Lastly, there won't be anything to take away the pain completely, and that's good. Without great pain, there isn't great love. Greg.

A pet is an important part of any family so it's not surprising you're not coping! Let it all flow through you, don't try and cope - let it happen. Don't be hard on yourself or expect it to be any different from any other death.
Mourn your loss but remember her. Allie.

I'm sorry to hear about your dog. If you can talk to others who've been in the same situation it may help. You might have a school counsellor to speak to about coping with grief. Talking is good therapy. Don't bottle it up. Cyd.

I suppose saying goodbye is so hard but if you have time to find a place where you could go after she's gone that is special, you could have that as a comfort. I think it'd be really helpful to have a funeral of some kind and a grave if possible so there is a resting place. Sending you a hug. Jeff.

I know many people say it's good to get another pet when one dies, but it's probably too soon to think about that. As we know, pets don't always live so long, so maybe another pet is a good idea when you're ready. Think of the love you can give and receive but don't feel it's a replacement. Nothing will ever be that so don't feel guilty. Love. Sam.

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27 September 2013 / 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 3rd October.

Ever since my father died, my life has been going pear-shaped. I hardly never smile anymore, my mother is always violent and aggressive and I always feel anxious and scared - like something bad is going to happen.
I don't know what to do anymore, Oracle. It just seems like everyday is the same to me.
What can I do to change all of this? Alexandra, Australia.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.
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26 September 2013 / submitted by Alex M, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was curious to see what the smallest-scale concert that Coldplay has ever done and how small would they go?
Obviously when the band started they were playing pubs & clubs with very small capacities. The last time they played anywhere as small was December 2011 when they went back to perform at Dingwalls (Camden, London) which has a capacity of less than 500.
It's not a case of how small would they go, but can they go and for what reason.
Dingwalls was a special radio event and obviously their production had to be reduced heavily for such a tiny venue.
I have to say, watching Chris on that stage being restricted, unable to do his usual running around, was like watching a caged tiger!

26 September 2013 / submitted by Qwert, United Kingdom
Q.  A beautiful band that you may or may not know about and I know they want to keep it that way. Long division is a start.
If you have any bands you'd like to share with us - and the world - please don't send them via the Oracle Q system. We have the hypnofeed for such things. Feel free to submit the link (that I have edited out) there. I assume you're joking about them wanting to stay a secret.