Friday, 29 August 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There has been a lot of negativity around the whole Ice Bucket Challenge phenomena. 

It wastes water! Yes it does. I don't have much of an argument against this. It wastes a lot of perfectly good, clean water when there are millions of people around the globe without access to clean water. This is obviously not good. When I did it I used water from the swimming pool which is slightly better than from the tap maybe? And I'm sure lots of other people have found ways to try and get around this by using sea water or rain water etc? 

People are also complaining about the fact that lots of people are just joining in for the fun of it and are not donating. Well firstly the challenge element makes donating money fun. I think that should be applauded. After all raising money is one if the main motivating factors behind the whole movement and people are more likely to donate if doing so is fun. 

But lots of people aren't donating. Which obviously isn't good. It would be so great if everyone who takes part donates. But this will simply never happen. Some people can't afford to, some people don't want to or can't be bothered to or etc etc but at the end of the day some money is being donated and some money has to be better than no money? By the way that some money has been estimated at already being more than $100 million! 

Another excellent thing to come from all this is that whether people donate or not it is raising awareness for a great cause! Yes I'm sure that there are plenty of people who have taken part or watched videos of their friends taking part who still have no idea what it is all supposed to be about. However, there are also a hell of a lot of people - like myself - that now know a lot more about ALS, Lou Gehrigs or Motor Neurone Disease (how is it that people know so little about something with so many names?) than then did before. Which can only be a good thing!

Now I won't attempt to ply you with info about ALS but if you want to find out more you know what to do - Google it! 

So here it is, my ASL Ice Bucket Challenge:

You can see it HERE!

Thank you Craig Douglas for my nomination. Challenge accepted. And I nominate: Sophia Mertins, Aki Schilts & Leah Gasson you have 24 or 48hrs - depending on what rules you are playing by - to complete the challenge.

Make sure that you do, let's raise money and awareness and why not read up on ALS a little while you're at it. 

Thursday, 7 August 2014


As part of the Year31Project I have eaten some fairly unusual foods:

And I am definitely planning to do some more food related challenges:
  • eat a raw egg
  • eat a spoonful of cinnamon 
  • eat a donut without licking my lips
  • take part in an eating contest

However, the actual eating task on the original list was 'eat insects'.

Now I reckon that eating insects is probably one of the easier tasks on the list to complete? There must be shops/restaurants in London where you can buy/order insects? And I'm guessing that they're fairly inexpensive? I'm also quite up for it. The only reason I haven't done it so far is because in true Anthony Hett fashion I'm unorganised and I haven't gotten around to it yet. It's that simple!

And then a couple of days ago something "strange" happened.
I was stir frying brocoli and red pepper:

When I saw this in the pan:

Can you see what it is?


What would you do? Would you eat it? I'm not sure if I would have even thought about eating it for a second if I wasn't doing the Year31Project. But sometimes you have just got to go with the flow. Take the opportunity presented to you. Seize the day. Sometimes things just appear as though they're meant to be. So here goes nothing:


& so there you have it. I ate a caterpillar! & I have another thing that I can cross off my list eat insects.


Monday, 4 August 2014

Press Release

As some of you will hopefully already be aware
The Year31Project is heading to Edinburgh!

The show is part of the PBH Free Fringe

& will be at The Royal Oak (Venue 309) for 5 shows from Mon 18th - Fri 22nd (2pm - 2.45pm).

And so here it is, my first ever PRESS RELEASE!

31 ways to jelly an eel. 
Anthony Hett brings his Year31Project to town with a bucket full of things he's never done before. How many things can he tick off his list? Come and join him to find out and to participate in doing something he has never done before live on stage.

After a 30th year of dejection, heartbreak and nothingness, poet, film director and future cross-channel swimmer Anthony Hett committed to himself, his family and his friends that whatever it took, he would turn his 31st year into his best yet.

The highly acclaimed Year31Project is running from the 18-22 August at The Royal Oak, as part of the PBH Free Fringe 2014.

The Year31Project, although jovial at times, does not shy away from confronting the issue of unspoken depression in young men. Anthony believes that the louder the dialogue, the more people will hear, and that in time less stigma will be attached to those who do choose to speak out. Depression shouldn’t be bottled up like urine in a Fanta bottle in the bedroom of a man who doesn’t know whether he can face another day.

Anthony said of the Year31Project: “Last summer was a really difficult time for me. I found myself fast approaching 30, single, heartbroken, jobless, penniless (essentially) homeless and moving back out of London to live with my parents in small town North Wales. Getting out of bed each day was a struggle. I needed something to focus on and it's then that I had this massive epiphany. There were so many things that I had never done before! I had never climbed a mountain or done a skydive. I had never ridden a horse! How do you get to 30 without ever riding a horse? It was at that moment that the Year31Project was born. I was going to make the 31st year of my life the best ever by trying to do as many new things as possible.”

“The Year31Project gave me a reason to get out of bed again. But it hasn't been an easy journey. It's been difficult in terms of time, money and motivation but little by little I started going out and completing some of the things on my list. I moved back to London, got a new flat, a new job, reconnected with old friends and started making new ones. Slowly but surely I felt myself clawing my life back together.”

“I pushed myself, and I want to push you too into knowing that you’re already more than you think you are. Come and listen to my story, then go out and make this year your best ever.”

Join the down, but not out, Anthony Hett on his yearlong adventure, and remember that no matter where we are, it's never too late to move forward and make the best of what we have. You only have one short life. So go out there and make the best of it!

Notes to editors

The Year31Project is part of the PBH Free Fringe 2014 and is on at The Royal Oak (venue 309), 1 Infirmary Road, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT. 2pm-2.45pm Mon 18th - Fri 22nd August

Interviews with Anthony Hett, and publication ready photographs, are available by contacting

Find out more about the Year31Project by visiting

& follow @Year31Project for the latest updates.

You can also find further info here: events page

here: programme

& in this video here: youtube

Wish me luck! & if you're up in Edinburgh between the 18th & 22nd, I'll hopefully see you there!
Happy Festival Going!

PS. Thank you Dom Stevenson for all your help!
Do check out the Fantastical Dom and his wonderful poetry by clicking on his name above.