Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Deb­bie Schipp

HE ate a lamb’s head, a rot­ting shark, and is pretty much the most hated man in his of­fice, but Chan­nel [V] pre­sen­ter Danny Clay­ton reck­ons that was a small price to pay for the best gig in tele­vi­sion: hit­ting the road for eight weeks to travel the world. The re­sult is B430: Live Like a Lo­cal, a six-part travel se­ries which sees Clay­ton tour Tokyo, Rio, Paris, Barcelona, New York and Reyk­javik for a crash course in the places tourists must see, but never read about in a hol­i­day brochure.

At each lo­ca­tion, Clay­ton digs up a lo­cal to take him off the beaten track where he re­ceives a crash course in na­tive knowl­edge thanks to a cluey lo­cal who lets him in on the hid­den gems they don’t want tourists to find out about.

Aside from lambs heads and fes­ter­ing shark, the trip saw him catch the phe­nom­e­non that is The North­ern Lights, hang off the side of a glacier and ab­seil Mount Fuji.

In Spain, when the ap­pointed lo­cal failed to turn up, Clay­ton as­signed a young woman sell­ing bracelets to join the crew for a few days and show “her” Spain.

“I learned that all young peo­ple take joy in mak­ing for­eign­ers do things they would never do,” Clay­ton says.

“In Ice­land we had a tra­di­tional Vik­ing meal which is a fer­mented shark which they bury, then uri­nate on the shark so it doesn’t pu­trefy, and here I am with a lo­cal as­sur­ing me, ‘This is what we eat all the time’.

“So I eat this shark and then he eats the shark and he vom­its and I say, ‘What are you do­ing?’ and he says, ‘We never eat this – this is for tourists’.”

Clay­ton is aware trav­el­ling the world for work is a gig most peo­ple covet.

“Every­one hates me. I pretty much hate my­self,” he laughs, man­ag­ing to look – al­beit fleet­ingly – al­most shame­faced at his good for­tune.

“My con­cern now is that I’m 30 next year, so we might have to re­name the show.”


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