Saturday, February 25, 2012


russelltovey: Hammered with @jemma22 1-1-2013

At the start of 2013 one of my long term Twitter followers asked me for an honest answer to why I stopped activity on the Russell Tovey blog? 

I replied candidly:

"Russell gave up on his Twitter fans and hardly ever talked to them. He just became obsessed with self-promotion and self-importance. He sent thoughtless and insulting tweets sometimes fuelled by alcohol. He sometimes used immature "bad boy" idioms that would have made a 14 year old look like Shakespeare. Russell ganged-up with his TV and print media buddies (his "sisters"), to make heartless in-jokes at the expense of other celebs or fans which all left me cold. He was becoming offensive in many ways!
On the way up he was very happy to acknowledge ordinary people and say hello or have a quick chat but after he got to 100,000 Twitter followers he forgot all about the "little people!" There was little point running a fan blog for Russell when he no longer interacted courteously with his Twitter fans." 

I insisted that after 3 years of free publicity generated by the blog I felt there was little point continuing. Tovey was once "A Star In The Making" but in my opinion, he'd become a bitter fruit! 



My other blog for UK actor and occasional newspaper columnist Charlie Condou will continue to function as normal.

The Tovey blog had 2 or 3 daily updates for nearly 2 years and was a major undertaking each day capturing and publishing Russell's Twitter output. It would not have been possible without the support of the fans. Russell has little need of a fan blog so it was my decision to retire the blog and archive the material. Even though the Twitter correspondence will be quickly outdated some of the special features and articles remain a significant part of Tovey's career and my hard work in maintaining this blog. Due to numerous requests I have decided to leave the blog on-line.


Click picture to enlarge:
This is the last instalment from my friend Mark M. Merrett the CGI expert from London. When Russell Tovey bowed out of Being Human, Mark decided to make a large artwork featuring the new cast of the series. So here it is at last, after many months in the making, a very large picture of the original cast members and their replacements. A very big thank you to Mark for allowing me to share the picture with all of Tovey's fans.

Tom In Oz

Anyone who works in Australian Education will tell you, as employees we constantly hope that we don't cross the line of public responsibility and breech any kinds of child protection issues by nominating ourselves and our schools/work places on the internet.
We try to limit personal comments about school staff/parents/students, try to avoid commenting on government policy/issues or make damaging/derogatory remakes about education. We also try to not place ourselves in situations where our identity can affect our careers or endanger the students we teach.

The following list is just a quick inventory of some of the things I have been involved with since the 1980s:

# building a successful 35 year career in teaching (Bach Ed Stud/Deputy Principal);
# assistant producer and co-ordinator of the Hunter Dance Festival/Starstruck;
# recipient of the NSW Dpt Ed Welfare Initiatives Award;
# inaugural President of the Hunter Region "Personal Development/Health/P.E. Association;"
# recipient of 2 Regional Education Director's Awards in Welfare & Dance;
# lecturing part-time for the University of Western Sydney;
# running a mobile disco franchise (Tom-Mix Mobile Music);
# sound engineer (on projects such as the Australian 'OzBurn Song Restoration Campaign');
# currently assisting with the collection of every charting song played on Sydney radio from 1955 to 2000;
# operating a home recording studio service (Tom Mix Productions);
# writing historical journals and books (The Victoria Lifeboats I&II of Newcastle/Family History/Australian Convicts/Settlers of NSW);
# managing internet sites for UK TV celebrities such as Charlie Condou and Russell Tovey;
# assisting Aussie singers Rick Springfield, Judy Stone, Wally Morrison, Kevin Johnson and many more (helping to compile and release commercial CDs all over the world - one of which is the Rick Springfield Anthology where I get a nice thank you in the liner notes);
# working part-time as a music manager for Aussie singing legend Judy Stone (I successfully helped Judy bring a black market CD profiteer to justice in the USA);
and being a Justice of the Peace for the community where I live in Newcastle Australia...
for many years I was unable to mention any of my hobbies or interests because of my primary work in Australian Education...
as of yesterday, this has ceased!
I don't have to remain anonymous any more.
I have retired!

If I bring myself into disrepute in the future I have to suffer the consequences as a citizen rather than an employee of Australian Education.

And most of all I can now use my surname on my blogs, use my name on Twitter, Facebook pages and so on.

Yes, my Sir Thomas Culpepper bloodline connection to the Royal Family can be revealed and mentioned as I share an ancient Sussex line with Princess Diana and therefore Prince Harry and Prince William.

Click link to the Culpepper lineageHERE

I can proudly state that my First Fleet convict ancestors Anthony Rope of Essex and Elizabeth Pulley of Norfolk were the first couple to have an "Australian made baby" which makes me Oz Royalty 
(well, sort of)!. 
You might even spot me on some internet sites for little towns in the UK where I have researched over the years. Norwich Castle has a copy of my 7,000 pages of family research that detail the descendants of the Rope/Pulley family. 

Last time I was in the UK I lectured in Hastings on Australian Lifeboats and visited a variety of Rural Schools including Catsfield in Sussex. Catsfield is where my ancient families of Honisett and Blackman lived and funded the construction of the historic school where I presented a power-point display to the student body in 2010.

My Phillips/Jenkins/Thomas ancestral families started the Welsh town of New Quay.

My direct ancestors were the Sheriffs of Flintshire for hundreds of years.

I come from the same family that started Pennsylvania in America....

So have I whetted your appetite, are you dying to see my surname?

Meh, it's no big deal, really!

But I am going for 35 years of dramatic build up here...

Oh, and if you are a Coronation Street fan you'll recognise my surname instantly - my great grandfather started the motor garage where Tyrone works! 

Tom In Oz
SirThomasWynne: Dear Twitters & Twittettes, I am allowed to use my proper name and title - because I am a fully retired citizen *free, free at last* xxx 
Mavro_Arni: @SirThomasWynne Congratulations Tommy!
MarkMMerrett: @Confidential_CC congratz on retirement tommy
joooos1: @SirThomasWynne oooo, get you! Sir Thomas! ;))
Walles Hamonde
WheresWalles: @SirThomasWynne congrats!

WDMDLD: @SirThomasWynne congratulations on your retirement :D. I’d tell you to stay out of trouble, but what fun would that be?
Chris Jones
badjonesyinc: @SirThomasWynne sire! *bows* as a distant cousin, I'm proud to know you! ;-)
Tom In Oz
SirThomasWynne: @badjonesyinc distant cousin Chris thanks my Welsh bits are finally free...the other bits I still have to keep strapped down x 
Chris Jones
badjonesyinc: @SirThomasWynne bet it feels good to air your bits - Welsh or otherwise..... ;-)
Tom In Oz
SirThomasWynne: @badjonesyinc yes being emancipated is GOOD!
Chris Jones
badjonesyinc: @SirThomasWynne but being strapped down has its advantages too....
SirThomasWynne: @badjonesyinc cousin Chris we both know for the protection of others bits do need to be restrained #impylingbigpenisobviously
Chris Jones
badjonesyinc: @SirThomasWynne this is true - though I find a quick tuck into the top of my ankle sock keeps it in place most of the day #implyinghugepenis
SirThomasWynne: @badjonesyinc I don't wear long trousers and no socks...SOOOO I have to strap myself to my entourage of 17 train carriages
SirThomasWynne: @badjonesyinc #correction 18 carriages on a hot day x
Bill kelly
Bcgkelly: @SirThomasWynne well done on reaching retirement. You will always be plain old Tom to me. LOL,
SirThomasWynne: @Bcgkelly  ta my friend I shall always try to live up to your expectations x
Margo Milne
MargoJMilne: @Confidential_CC Congratulations on your retirement - I'm sure you'll find you don't know how you ever had time to work! x
Confidential_CC: @MargoJMilne thanks Mango for your lovely words (me being old and retired now means I can tweet wrong names for fun out world) x x x x
Sally Lay
tnvol19: @sirthomaswynne Congrats, Tommy! *bows* Get that armour polished for a right good joust!
SirThomasWynne: @tnvol19 btw the wife keeps it shiny for me x
Sally Lay
tnvol19: @SirThomasWynne Uh...WHY is Lady Wynne polishing your armour? :)
SirThomasWynne: @tnvol19 nooooo she polishes “it” - I didn't mention armour *wink*
Confidential_CC: @david_kirwan Marcus goes into the closet BUT IN OTHER BREAKING NEWS TOM IN OZ 'COMES OUT' AFTER 35 YEARS 
david_kirwan: @Confidential_CC I like that post title
Confidential_CC: @david_kirwan homo (but I still luv ya) x 
NoNoNannette30: @SirThomasWynne *Curtsy* A pleasure to meet you Sir Thomas Wynne *Offers Hand* ((Hugs))
SirThomasWynne: @NoNoNannette30 howdy nothing's changed really but it feels liberating to finally be ME x
SirThomasWynne: @NoNoNannette30 you may rise after you kiss my ring x
NoNoNannette30: @SirThomasWynne hehehe you're silly! ;)

Friday, February 24, 2012


Tommy C.
BoyVirginiaMade: @Tom_In_Oz_ how did I miss your Birthday sir? I hope you had/are having a great day!
FoxyLorri64: Happy Birthday Dear Tom! I hope this day will bring you an extra share of all that makes you happiest. lots of love always xxx
AustinFx4: @Tom_In_Oz_ happy bday. Tommy.
MargMolly: @Tom_In_Oz_ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!! Lots of love from M+J_in_Blighty !!!!!!!!!! xxxx Have a fab day my fishy friend. Hugs x million xx
Edward Clarke
edwardclarke: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy Birthday !!! xxx hope you are having a wonderful time

RealMitchell1: @Tom_In_Oz_  x 🎉🍰

Maggie B

TaTUM_Maggie: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy Birthday xx

Tom In Oz
Tom_In_Oz_: thanks everyone it has been an extraordinary day with brekky, lunch and tea out with various family members. I am such a lucky man. My daughter and grandson made me a dozen choc cupcakes tres yum! And today for the first time my granddaughter rolled over all by herself at age 6 months. That was her surprise birthday present for me!

Maggie B
TaTUM_Maggie: @Tom_In_Oz_ Good to hear you're having a lovely day. Wishing you very many more happy days. xx


Dodochicky: @Tom_In_Oz_ Ooh, better late than never-HAPPY BIRTHDAY you lovely man you. :D
patricia Ledwith
demelza2: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy Birthday Tom xxxxx not sure what day it is there now xx doh x confooosed
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @demelza2 thanks Pat 4 hours until birthday begins it's Sat night
Beth Becker Herron
BethBecker2: @Tom_In_Oz_ happy birthday :-) I don't know what day it is in Australia though :L
TMarkstahler: @Tom_In_Oz_ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM! Many happy returns and MOST IMPORTANT great health! May the new year bring even more joy to your life! :-)x

MancVamp: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy Birthday Tom! Hope you had a great day! Mwah!
Christian FouGallois
LeFouGallois: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy birthday/Joyeux anniversaire/Peblwydd hapus/Tillykke med fødselsdagen/عيد ميلاد سعيد/יום הולדת שמח

LauraCharman: With the girls and Russell Tovey on Thursday night :) 
Ian Jarvis
theianjarvis: @russelltovey thanks again from all us writers on The Job Lot, great work. Everything crossed we get to do it all again. All the best CSI x
russell tovey
russelltovey: @theianjarvis exciting times ahead I think.... :-) x
Nick Barron
Nick_Barron: @russelltovey the soup’s from Pret? Oh shitting Nora, I had that yesterday... What am I in for?! Should I pop a loo roll in the fridge?
russell tovey
russelltovey: @Nick_Barron that's funny!!! and yes Pret... X
russell tovey
russelltovey: The Awkward moment when your eyes water for no reason and you look like you're just about holding it together after hearing some bad news x
russell tovey
russelltovey: Apparently according to @ElgarJohnson, James Blunt was in my local cafe this morning on the phone? It's coming up... X
russell tovey
russelltovey: @ElgarJohnson please retweet this tweet x
russell tovey
russelltovey: I second what @ElgarJohnson said about @StoneIsland_ ;-) x
russell tovey
russelltovey: RT @FOURPUBLICITY: Thanks for the @StoneIsland_  shoutout  @elgarjohnson!
Julia Ball
JuliaBall: @russelltovey Russell, baby sloths are coming to Animal Planet 4th March, you have to see these cuties X
russell tovey
russelltovey: @JuliaBall baby sloths are my favorite type of baby x
Julia Ball
JuliaBall: @russelltovey  20.00 I cannot wait, they are almost as cute as you lovey :-)
chrisdclegg: @russelltovey hey- when we talking photoshoots? And just generally having a drink?
russell tovey
russelltovey: @chrisdclegg huh? Photo-shoots? X
chrisdclegg: @russelltovey  for @m_isfor!
russell tovey
russelltovey: @chrisdclegg  oh i remember now, I was too hung over to take anything in... Sounds cool soon x
russell tovey
russelltovey: National lottery scratch card or caramel snack-a-jacks? I have never been in such a ponderous position in my life.. X
russell tovey
russelltovey: Jokes... It was a rhetoric questioning x
elliot gonzalez
elliot_gonzalez: @russelltovey Congratulations on you ITV pilot The Job Lot. I look forward to watching it and writing about it on my blog!
russell tovey
russelltovey: @elliot_gonzalez ta :) x
Kassie Kozisek
Kassieo553: @russelltovey join @OperationWeed & lets get marijuana legalized!#OperationLegalizeWeed
russell tovey
russelltovey: @Kassieo553 no thanks x
emma freud
emmafreud: @russelltovey re soup: in that case, never EVER eat @emmak67's ham cooked in red bull.
russell tovey
russelltovey: @emmafreud hahahaha x
Chris Sullivan
mrchrissullivan: Oh London, it's good to be back- ill miss you Lasvegas, and @Zoltina_J - but I have @88tickets to look forwa... Oh. Crap.
russell tovey
russelltovey: @mrchrissullivan welcome home team GB x
russell tovey
russelltovey: My foots gone dead on public transport... I look care in the community.. In a hot way x
russell tovey
russelltovey: When you read this sentence you will Not notice the the the the the extra the x
Ben McGuinness
benmcguinness: @russelltovey bored this morning are we?
russell tovey
russelltovey: @benmcguinness not bored. Happy x
Caroline Knight
CarolineVice: @russelltovey you are by far the most entertaining person on my twitter feed today!
russell tovey
russelltovey: @CarolineVice touch x
Al Griffith
algriffith101: @clinestar: "@russelltovey is the Doctor's new companion"...#discuss #DW
russell tovey
russelltovey: @algriffith101 how did you know??? It's top secret, have they announced it??? ;-)
Al Griffith
algriffith101: @russelltovey It's a cover story; @clinestar and I are the new companions... :-P

Georgia Groome
Georgia_Groome: @russelltovey  you my friend are on fire this morning! Keeping me company on a cold mornings filming! Hope your well x

russell tovey

russelltovey: @Georgia_Groome :-) x

russell tovey
russelltovey: I now know why i should have avoided the chorizo soup... X
Giles Cooper
camdengiles: Very proud of my @russelltovey
russell tovey
russelltovey: @camdengiles :-) x

Above: Russell Tovey at V music Festival Chelmsford Essex 2011.
Below: Russell Tovey shots from Being Human.

Below: Russell Tovey as the albino pirate in the Aardman movie “Pirates”

TMarkstahler: @Tom_In_Oz_ @markmmerrett No albino pirate though! :-(
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @TMarkstahler @markmmerrett not that we know of at this stage but keeping my fingers crossed @russelltovey will be crushed if there’s no albino pirate toy
TMarkstahler: @Tom_In_Oz_  @markmmerrett  @russelltovey  Maybe the albino pirate toy is exclusive to go with a Nando's Peri-Peri Chicken Menu?

julie atherton
Julie_Atherton: Tonight's performance of sister act will be sponsored by the GIANT SPOT ON MY CHIN!!!
Russell Tovey ✔
RussTov_FanSite: @Julie_Atherton does it have its own postcode?
julie atherton
Julie_Atherton: @RussTov_FanSite: @Julie_Atherton ha! It certainly does!!!!
Russell Tovey ✔
RussTov_FanSite: @Julie_Atherton your zit was born on my birthday - technically it's a Pisces
julie atherton
Julie_Atherton: @RussTov_FanSite: Happy Birthday x

Below: @RussTov_FanSite is trending on Twitter due to my birthday. Click to enlarge.
Walles Hamonde
WheresWalles: #ff the lovely Twitter family  @Tom_In_Oz_ @MarkMMerrett @TMarkstahler
MarkMMerrett: @WheresWalles @tom_in_oz_ @tmarkstahler  wish u all the success you can get :-)
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: BTW Wally this little family has always wished you the best and always will  @WheresWalles  @MarkMMerrett  @TMarkstahler
MarkMMerrett:  @WheresWalles  @Tom_In_Oz_  @TMarkstahler  hi mate how are u?
Walles Hamonde
WheresWalles:  @MarkMMerrett  @Tom_In_Oz_  @TMarkstahler i am alive and well my lovelies, just working through some stuff and preparing for lift-off!
TMarkstahler: @WheresWalles  @Tom_In_Oz_  @markmmerrett  And you bet, we'll remind you that we're family once you're filthy rich and obscenely famous! ;-)x
Walles Hamonde
WheresWalles:  @TMarkstahler  @Tom_In_Oz_  @markmmerrett  i won't need reminding - family is family! xoxo

russell tovey
russelltovey: That's a wrap on #TheJobLot and to celebrate I'm doing an hour on the treadmill and a performance of #sexwithastranger later.. X
BodsworthJason: @russelltovey Let's hope ITV show it and makes a series out of it.
russell tovey
russelltovey: @BodsworthJason yep cheers mate x
karlpiekaerts: @russelltovey Congrats on your queenie role ..
russell tovey
russelltovey: @karlpiekaerts thanks Karl x
mcilroy2: @russelltovey are you makin a new series of him an her let me no mate
russell tovey
russelltovey: @mcilroy2 yes x
russell tovey
russelltovey: Just had chorizo soup. I didn't like it. But I ate it. X

Charlie Condou
Charliecondou: @Confidential_CC Happy birthday dear xx
Charlie Condou ✔
Confidential_CC: @Charliecondou well blow me down, thanks Charlie xxxxx mwah from Oz. It's almost 6am and my birthday is going well so far!
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @russelltovey It's my birthday again and I'm hoping I get my Happy Birthday tweet again from Russell like last year…
AubreyEMiller: RT @russelltovey: @Tom_In_Oz_ happy birthday!
♔♔Bennie Edwards♔♔
Bennielawrence: @Confidential_CC sent card xx 
♔♔Bennie Edwards♔♔
Bennielawrence: @Confidential_CC Tom I hope you have a great day on Sunday.
Soozles of Barry
soozles_: Happy birthday @Tom_In_Oz_ x
joooos1: Happy Birthday to awesome, crazy @Tom_In_Oz_ !!! Xxx
Dorina335: @Tom_In_Oz_ Ah darling...what am I like...Happy Birthday darling....hope u and urs celebrating in style! xx
KnaveoG: So @Tom_In_Oz_ is this your first birthday as a Grandpa?
MarkMMerrett: @Tom_In_Oz_ @tmarkstahler yep and happy b day big daddy, extra lovely hugs
drunkkath: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy Birthday Pa x ( 21 again?)
RealMitchell1: @Tom_In_Oz_ hippo birdie two ewes, hippo birdie two ewes, etc x
Bill kelly
Bcgkelly: @Tom_In_Oz_ happy Birthday Tom
NoNoNannette30: @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy Birthday Tommy!! ((Hugs)) Hope you have a wonderful day! ;)
Bernie Clugston
BernieClugston: @Confidential_CC Happy birthday Tom x
Michael Douglas Bosc
michaelbosc: @RussTov_FanSite mm Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday dear Tom Happy Birthday to you xx
Duane Hudson
fitness39: @Tom_in_Oz_ Happy birthday!! Have a great day.... :@)
AubreyEMiller: @Tom_In_Oz_ wishing you a very Happy Birthday Tom and many more to come x x x x
FoxyLorri64: You are 54? @Tom_In_Oz_ I shall be 47 in April so I'm catching you up! lol You should have hinted so I could have sent you a card! xxxx
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @FoxyLorri64 I did hint - this time last year lol
drunkkath: @Tom_In_Oz_ So 21 with 33 years experience then?
Mavro_Arni : @Tom_In_Oz_ Happy b-day, age mate. I'm not too far behind you.
Morag Anderson
Friendlymoocow: @Tom_In_Oz_ happy birthday!!! Hope it's been a good one mr Tom xxx
L Robinson
gestaltrose: @Tom_In_Oz_ happy Birthday Tom
Edward Clarke
edwardclarke: @Tom_In_Oz_ sorry I missed your birthday! Hope it was a good one ... 24th? Mine is 22nd!
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @edwardclarke no Eddie mine is 26th but I won't be home so I celebrated a day early btw HAPPY BIRTHDAY hope you had a great day

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