Author: Kevin Dixon

Kevin Dixon(Author)

Kevin Dixon went to Audley Park – now Torquay Academy – and South Devon College when it was at Torre. After studying at Birmingham City University, he returned home because there’s nowhere else quite like Torquay. He then became involved in community and adult education, completed a PhD, and started writing about the weird and unknown side of town. He now Chairs Healthwatch Torbay and is involved in health and social care in the Bay.

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Torquay’s Gallows Gate Sheep Legend

Up at Gallows Gate there’s an old plaque which reads: “Gallows Gate Picnic Area. The popular legend is that of a man who stole a sheep, which he tried to carry away. Hanging by a rope over his bac…

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The Torquay Theatre that got away

We all know that every twenty years or so we build a white elephant in Torbay. These tend to be sold to us with the promise that they won’t cost rate payers anything and will enhance our towns. We…

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Six Degrees of Kevin Foster

  In 1929 the Hungarian author Frigyes Karfinthy wrote a short story called  ‘Chains’ suggesting the modern world was 'shrinking' due to the ever-increasing connectedness of human beings.…

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The Ghosts of Teignmouth

As part of their Carers support meetings Teignmouth’s 'Volunteering in Health' recently organised a talk on local ghosts. Before the lecture research was undertaken to gather sightings and tales f…

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“Always bet on humanity”?

In the 2004 science fiction movie ‘I Robot’ Will Smith states “Robots don't feel fear. They don't feel anything. They don't eat. They don't sleep. Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, …

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The Video Nasty in Torquay

Back in the 1980s – before the internet and multiple TV channels – Torquay had more than half a dozen video rental shops. These shops rented out videos for the videocassette recorder, or VCR, an e…

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Torquay’s Weirdest Resident

We’ve said before that Torquay has had some weird residents. Indeed, it may not be a coincidence that the most famous occult figure of the nineteenth century - Lord Lytton - and the most extreme o…