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Mysterious Musicians #4: Louise (Black Sabbath…sort of)

Today’s entry isn’t necessarily a musician, but she fits just as well. “Louise” is allegedly the name of the woman on the front cover of Black Sabbath’s self-titled 1970 debut LP. The photograph features Louise dressed in a black cloak and standing in front of the centuries-old Mapledurham Watermill, and is often cited as being “unnerving” and having a “supernatural” atmosphere about it.

Why is she mysterious?

"Louise” left as quickly as she came; she disappeared almost immediately after the photoshoot and never contacted the band again. Guitarist Tony Iommi says that she was a model/actress who appeared backstage after a live performance and introduced herself to the band, who hired her for the day to appear on the cover. Iommi also claims that the band have all since forgotten her name, though multiple sources claim it was in fact Louise. 

The mystery surrounding her is compounded by theories that she isn’t even the figure in the photograph, and that the tale of "Louise” may have been created for the sake of adding some mystique to the cover. Some claim that the woman is Bill Ward’s wife, while others even think it may be Ozzy Osbourne himself, but considering that neither Ward’s wife, Osbourne, nor any other Sabbath associates have come out with the “true” account after so long, I think it’s safe to say that Louise was real and is the woman on the cover. Osbourne’s hair definitely wasn’t that long at thetime, and while I DID attempt to look into more about Ward’s wife, I found nothing (no name, photos, age, etc.), which does kind of strike me as odd, but she’s likely just a private person.

What we know:

  • Her name may have been Louise
  • She appeared at a Sabbath show and was hired for the day
  • She disappeared after the shoot and hasn’t spoken publicly about it even after the album’s tremendous success

What we don’t know:

  • If her name was indeed Louise, or what her surname was
  • Where she is now
  • If the mystery figure is really her and not Ward’s Wife, Osbourne, etc.

Footnote: Some people have reported that Louise appears to be holding something in the picture. Reports on what the object is have ranged from a black cat, a stick/shovel, a dark sheet/cloth of some kind, or just part of the cloak she’s wearing. I think the last choice is the most likely, but I’d be sufficiently more creeped out if it was a cat or shovel.

I’ll give you a star
So you know just where you are.

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Originally posted by avengers-of-mirkwood

  • This is Tony Stark we’re talking about so it should come as a surprise to nobody when I say he was taken in by your good looks first and that that’s what made him walk over and start a conversation in the first place, cause he thought you were one of the prettiest girls he’d ever seen.
  • Ok, maybe not THE prettiest but you get the idea
  • The man is flirting with you nonstop oml.

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i thought about something and came to the realization that, if i live to be old, i will most likely be nostalgic even for the 2010s someday, as much as i hate them in this moment… you know, even in 50 years from now, the music of the 60s/70s/80s will continue to fascinate people (maybe even more than now with more time having passed and most people who really lived through one or more of those decades sadly being gone by then too, not being able to tell first-hand experiences anymore like they are still possible to do now), and there will be a new generation of young people, like us now, discovering that world and finding their life passion for it, and wishing nothing more than being able to go back in time because they feel they don’t belong in the decade they are living in. maybe, in the 2060s, they’ll be a watching a 50-year old upload of a 100-year old beatles or stones performance on youtube if it still exists (insane to think about that, isn’t it?!) and cry because they love what they’re hearing and seeing so much… and maybe those young people will be jealous of our then-60-or-70-something year old asses that we lived “closer” to those times than they did, that we were alive at the same time with still a good amount of the 60s-80s music icons. i mean for me personally, a lot of my favorite artists from those times are gone already, as sad as it is and as much as that fact is making me struggle, but the majority of those people died way too early and way too young or didn’t get to be as old as they could’ve grown because of terrible illnesses or accidents or drugs… not because their heydays were that long ago and so much time has passed. i mean hey, we are currently alive in a time where the rolling stones are all alive and still going as fresh as ever, selling out entire tours in hours… just like they did in the 60s and 70s and 80s. nothing’s changed about that. at least half of the beatles are still doing what they do best and are out there right now in this very minute, and they’re living breathing legends and are still as beloved today. bob dylan is out there still, ¾ of led zeppelin, half of the doors, all of original black sabbath, simon & garfunkel… hell, even little richard and jerry lee lewis, pioneers of the first hours of rock & roll and popular music culture, are alive right now! and i could go on! i’m trying to think about and be grateful for all that just i’ve written more when my era-struggle is hitting and it gets painful… i thought i’d share this on here since i’ve received many messages of people hating this decade/century, and maybe it helps you at least a little bit like it does help me… i know i’ll always and forever wish i’d lived in the 60s-80s, but no matter what, at least i still got to live in a time where a lot of their icons were alive, and i even got to share the earth with george harrison, prince, michael jackson, chuck berry and david bowie for a couple of years. ain’t that something?

anonymous asked:

That Yom Kippur post you made reminded me of something: if a woman began to give birth on the Sabbath, can a doctor be extmept from the 'no working' rule to help her? It would seem rather cruel if that weren't the case.

why, when pregnant woman gives birth on the Sabbath, we must even light a lamp if she requests, even if she’s blind! 

in cases of life or death like this, we push the Sabbath to save the life, and is there any life more precarious than the one of a woman giving birth?

she’s right up there with a person buried in rubble

disclaimer: this blog is for humorous purposes only and while in this case I can say with great confidence that if a person today goes into labor we should get them medical care, even on Shabbat, don’t use this blog as a halachic consultant. there are people for that.


There’s something fundamentally satisfying about books that fit comfortably in one’s hands, and it’s tempting to imagine small prayer books like this one as someone’s frequently-handled personal possessions. 

In this late 19th-century example, a turned-down corner marked the beginning of the Sabbath evening service, while a prominent typo and the verdigris smear transferred to a flyleaf from its decorative brass clasp hint at a bit more of this book’s story as an object that was made, used, and eventually experienced deterioration.

Prayers of Israel, with English translation (New York: Lewine and Rosenbaum, 1888). From the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection.


1970. Paranoid

 is the second album by  band Black Sabbath. 

To capitalise on their chart success in the US, the band returned to the studio in June 1970, just four months after Black Sabbath was released. The new album was initially set to be named War Pigs after the song “War Pigs”, which was critical of the Vietnam War; however, Warner changed the title of the album to Paranoid. The album’s lead-off single, “Paranoid”, was written in the studio at the last minute. Ward explains: “We didn’t have enough songs for the album, and Tony just played the [Paranoid] guitar lick and that was it. It took twenty, twenty-five minutes from top to bottom.”

this is arguably one of the first true classics of metal ever. Paranoid improves markedly on it’s predecessor to give us a memorable, high-quality album with a moderate portion of gloom to further enhance Black Sabbath.

 even today it remains a masterpiece of Metal. It advanced the Metal genre by a large extent, and for that reason alone it is a must have, but what really makes it stand head and shoulders about the crowd is the riffs and soloing present, as well as excellent drumming and great vocals. The fact that it was released in 1970 only further adds to the greatness of it. Essential.

 "one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal albums of all time"

       Tony Iommi   Geezer Butler   Ozzy Osbourne   Bill Ward 

anonymous asked:

What is Tokyo sabbath?

Tokyo Sabbath is an awesome (?) SMT4F marketing ploy where you click things to make demons appear and increase numbers. Demons are invading Japan, etc. Here’s how you can get started:

First, click here. This takes you to the actual battle page where it asks for your location. If you’re down with that, click okay then click on this button to fuse a demon for points:

After, you can choose to watch the current demon horde’s HP go down but it’s pointless. Then go check out the map here and you can maybe see the demon you summoned on top of your actual location!

If you want to fall down the rabbit hole like I have, as soon as your demon is summoned you can just refresh the page to do it again. And again. And again, and so on. For some reason, all of the overseas addresses are being funneled into Okinawa, so all the points we earn go to their horde. It’s pretty funny, as I and some others earned enough yesterday to catapult Okinawa above Tokyo, which was acknowledged by the official Twitter.

So, if you all have some time to spare, maybe click a few demons here and there. I’d love for nothing more than to one-up Tokyo and turn this into the Okinawa Sabbath! Maybe they might even pay attention to where it’s actually coming from.

forourtimetoo  asked:

Hi! I'm a practicing Catholic, but up until this year, I went to confession VERY rarely. I've been going more frequently, but that's led to a lot of questions. Basically, I'm not sure what one should confess - clearly, one's sins. But what about things that don't easily fall into the 10 Commandments? Self-harm, emotions/ impulses that one doesn't act on, letting one's self down? I know the confessional isn't the therapist's chair, but does that limit what one should confess? Thanks, & God bless!


Here is an examination of conscience that you could use before going to confession. I did not write it, but took it instead from this website:

1. You shall have no other gods besides the Lord your God.

Do I love God above all things? Is He number one in my life or do I put myself before God? 
Has money and pleasure become more important to me than the God who created me for Himself? 
Do I pray often? Have I neglected my friendship with God by neglecting prayer? 
Have I been involved with occult or superstitious practices, i.e., fortune telling? 
Have I ever received Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin? 
Have I told a lie in confession or deliberately withheld confessing a mortal sin?

2. You shall not take the Lord your God’s name in vain.

Have I ever committed perjury, that is, lied under oath in a court of law? 
Have I ever lied after “swearing to God” that I am telling the truth? 
Have I ever used God’s name out of anger, that is, as a curse?

3. Keep the Sabbath day holy.

Have I deliberately missed Holy Mass on the Sabbath (Saturday evening through Sunday)? 
Have I ever missed Mass on a Holy Day of Obligation or an important holiday in the liturgical calendar (i.e., Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas, Mary the Mother of God, etc.)?

4. Honour your father and your mother so that you may live long and flourish.

Do I disobey my parents? 
Do I fail to respect them? 
Do I swear at them? 
Am I ashamed of them? 
Do I let them know I love them? 
Do I lie to them? 
Do I steal from them?
Am I obeying and honouring those in place of my parents, such as teachers and principals? 
Do I skip class? 
Do I lie to my teachers? 
Do I swear at them?

5. You shall not kill.

Am I killing myself by taking illegal drugs, such as marijuana? 
Abusing alcohol? 
Have I had an abortion? 
Have I ever counselled anyone to have an abortion? 
Do I stand up for the unborn child’s right to life, or have I merely accepted society’s anti-life mentality? 
Have I used abortifacient contraceptives or encouraged anyone to do so?
Have I sterilized myself in any way or encouraged anyone to do so? 
Did I participate in or approve of euthanasia or “mercy-killing”? 
Have I murdered anyone’s reputation by deliberately spreading rumours or keeping rumours alive by passing them on? 
Do I nurse anger against anyone? 
Hold a grudge? 
Refuse to forgive another? 
Have I cursed anyone?

6. You shall not commit adultery.

Have I ever had sex with anyone? 
Have I had sex with myself? 
Have I ever watched pornography either on the Internet or through some other media? 
Have I ever freely and deliberately entertained impure thoughts? 
Have I practiced any form of contraception? 
Am I modest in dress?

7. You shall not steal.

Do I steal from my parents? 
Do I steal from friends? 
Have I ever stolen from a stranger? 
Have I stolen any property from a store? 
In other words, have I ever taken what rightfully belongs to another?
Do I gamble excessively? 
Do I seek to share what I have with the poor and needy?

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

Am I a liar? 
Am I guilty of detraction, that is, making known the faults of others? 
Am I guilty of slander, that is, spreading lies about someone? 
Do I gossip about others? 
Do I reveal information that should be confidential? 
Am I “two-faced”, that is, have I been a certain kind of person to some people, but a completely different kind of person to others?

9. & 10. You shall not envy your neighbour’s wife and goods.

Am I envious of others? 
Do I wish that others be deprived of the goods or talents that are theirs? 
Am I jealous of others? 
Do I harbour unforgiveness and grudges against others? 
Am I a resentful person? 
Do I put down others?

 As far as self-harm and impulses that one cannot control, they do not always have to be confessed as sin because they are more impulsive acts that arise from having mental illness. Objectively speaking, self-harm is a sin, but subjectively, we are often not guilty if we don’t realize what we are doing.

However, just because we struggle with mental illness does not mean we let ourselves off the hook. We have an obligation to get help, and at the very least to read up online through the many excellent therapy and self-help websites that are out there. Even on Tumblr, there are some pretty good bloggers who post tips for battling depression, anxiety, self-harm, etc.

If one refuses to read and seek help, and if one refuses to act on the tips that others offer us, then that should be confessed as sin because it is willful refusal to take care of our mental health. Some people have even yelled at their doctors or therapists and said, “SHUT UP, I tried that already and it doesn’t work.” 

I cannot count how many I know who have gotten angry deep down, but who have actually, behind the scenes, not really tried the options and ideas that are given to improve mental health. When we don’t make the effort to work on mental health, and get lazy, and want recovery to be easy, we make our life more hopeless and miserable, and we make others miserable with our lashing out at them for trying to help us.

So when it comes to confession, you are right. It is not meant to be therapy and psychologizing. It is meant to be spiritual accountability and healing from the effects of sin, and sin is turning toward the self and indulging ourselves when we should try to be generous to God and to neighbor. 

But certain elements in our psyche and mental thoughts can still be sinful, even though they are part of mental illness. The element of just having a lazy or bad attitude and needing to enable and rationalize our problems gets into the arena of sin.

Without condemning us for being mentally ill, our conscience should still challenge us to ask what we are doing, today, to constructively build a new life? Even cancer patients in chemo, with desperation and pain, fight to hold on to their physical life and to do stuff that will wipe out the cancer. The least a mental patient can do as well is fight for the survival of their mind, when it is playing tricks on them and trying to rob them of inner peace. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

Red Top

I will never again judge the murderer
His ways no longer exotic
Misunderstood or rash to me,
Behind the headlines preaching purity
A collective casting of the first stone
A judgement upon me as I cross sides alone
How fear must leave you
As you null and void breath in bare hands
Master a godly days work and truly rest on the sabbath
Sleep, it may even come
To the morally dead and the spiritually numb