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The Caribbean Memory Project: Community Archives and
Caribbean Identity, a free colloquium will be held at the Trinidad
Theatre Workshop, Belmont, on March 12 at 6 pm.
Founded by Kevin A Browne, PhD and Dawn Cumberbatch,
The Caribbean Memory Project is a long-term archiving and
documentary project that relies on a combination of engaged
social participation and academic inquiry that is designed to help
us understand Caribbean history, society and culture in more
A release from the organisers said, "We provide a public, open-
access repository of knowledge that, in time, will not only help
to define our Caribbean identity, but will also provide the kind
of awareness that can help ensure the continuity of that identity.
In short, this project asks, and invites people to answer questions
of who we are, from whence do we come, and what are we to
do with the knowledge we produce as Caribbean people.
"The goal, as we see it, is collective uplift. The Caribbean
Memory Project will therefore serve as a useful resource, a point
of contact, and a point of entry into collectively figuring out
what we ve forgotten and finding what we ve been actively encour-
aged to forget---whether through institutional neglect or the
appropriation of cultural norms that fail to adequately represent
us."As a means of immediate engagement,
The Caribbean Memory Project team will
be conducting on-the-spot interviews (both
on and off camera) for its oral history com-
ponent. Attendees can also record memories
directly to the Web site via an interactive
The organisers are also asking for
attendees to bring along a few samples
of old newspaper clippings, photo-
graphs, certificates, letters, postcards
and any other documents of personal
significance that they wish to share.
With permission, these artefacts
will be digitised on-site and
uploaded to www.caribbeanmemo-
France is in mourning after three of
its leading sportspeople were killed
along with their film crew and pilots
when two helicopters collided in
Argentina during the filming of an
endurance-style reality TV show.
The deaths of the ten on Tuesday is
the latest in a long list of fatalities involv-
ing reality TV shows around the world.
Here is a list of some of most infamous
incidents over the past few years:
KOH LANTA---In March 2013, 25-year-
old participant Gerard Babin died of a
heart attack on the first day of filming
the castaway island reality show Koh
Lanta in Cambodia. The ALP-produced
show, the French version of Survivor,
was cancelled, and the programme s on-
site doctor committed suicide. The doc-
tor, Thierry Costa, blamed the press for
damaging his professional reputation
following Babin s death. In his suicide
note, Costa s last wish was to be cre-
mated in Cambodia so that his body
would not return to France.
BUCKWILD---In April 2013, a star of
MTV s Buckwild reality TV show and
two others were found dead of carbon
monoxide poisoning in an SUV stuck in
a mud pit in Sissonville, West Virginia.
Shain Gandee, 21, nicknamed "Gandee
Candy" by fans, was a breakout star of
the show that followed the antics of
young friends enjoying their wild country
lifestyle. Shooting was underway on sea-
son two at the time of Gandee s death.
MTV cancelled the show.
DISCOVERY CHANNEL---In February
2013, cast member Michael Donatelli,
45, pilot David Gibbs, 59, and cameraman
Darren Rydstrom, 46, were killed in a
helicopter crash while filming a scene
for an untitled military-themed show.
BANGKOK---In August 2009, a 32-
year-old contestant drowned during
filming a Pakistani reality TV show. Saad
Khan was swimming across a lake while
wearing a 15-pound backpack when he
called out for help and then disappeared
in murky waters of a lake in the Thai
capital of Bangkok.
SURVIVOR---In May 2009, a 53-year-
old contestant on Bulgaria s version of
Survivor died of a heart attack while
filming an episode on an island in the
Philippines. Noncho Vodenicharov, a
town mayor and former stuntman and
singer, had just finished an activity for
the contest at the Gota Beach Resort in
Caramoan township in eastern
Camarines Sur province when he died.
THE CROCODILE HUNTER---In Septem-
ber 2006, 44-year-old Steve Irwin was
killed by the poisonous spine of a
stringray as he swam with the creature
while shooting a TV show on the Great
Barrier Reef. Marine experts called the
death a freak accident. They said rays
reflexively deploy a sharp spine in their
tails when frightened, but the venom
coating the barb usually causes a very
painful, but survivable, sting for humans.
Helicopter collision latest
in reality TV deaths
The Caribbean Memory Project's free
colloquium on community archiving and
Caribbean identity takes place on March
12 at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 23
Jerningham Avenue, Belmont, from 6 pm.
Scanning and interview stations will be
available from 5 pm for guests who wish to
share their memories and artefacts. For
further information, please visit
wwww.caribbeanmemoryproject.com or call
Kevin at 737-8934 or Dawn at 352-0679.
A poster of Olympic gold medallist swimmer Camille Muffat is hung on Tuesday
at the City Hall of Nice, southeastern France. Muffat, who was participating in
the reality TV show Dropped, was killed when two helicopters collided. AP PHOTO
Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter
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