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 Even though the Twitter correspondence will be quickly outdated some of the special features and articles remain a significant part of Tovey's career and my hard work in maintaining this blog.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! ;)

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