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Ian O'Doherty: They really didn't think this one through

Alongside the likes of Boardwalk Empire and Treme, The Walking Dead has helped to make this year one of the best years ever for television.

The Frank Darabont-directed zombie series stars British actor Andrew Lincoln doing a more-than-passable turn as an American sheriff trying to survive in a world overrun with . . . well, with the walking dead.

Its ratings have been high, the reviews have been brilliant and it is, in all honesty, one of the best things to have appeared on the box in a long, long time.

In fact, if you haven't seen it then I order you to immediately drop whatever you're doing right now and run out and get the box set. It really is that good.

But it would appear that some of the people involved in promoting the show might be a little lacking in the sensitivity stakes.

That can be the only conclusion reached after they placed a billboard ad in a rather strange place -- on the wall of a funeral home.

One of the people responsible said they thought it was "amusing", but the billboard has since been taken down.

Now, even those of us who aren't particularly thin-skinned will have to admit that when you go to a funeral home to say goodbye to Auntie Doris, surely the last thing you want to see is a giant picture of a bunch of reanimated corpses running around with bits of human flesh sticking out of their undead mouths.

Or maybe I'm just getting soft in my old age . . .

Have you nothing better to worry about?

What are you going to do on the day of the royal wedding?

Have you planned to take the day off work and sit at home, glued to the telly while you drink tea out of a royal-themed mug?

No, of course you won't, because most of us couldn't give a fiddler's one way or the other.

They seem like a nice enough young couple, it has to be said, and there's no denying that Kate Middleton (or Katherine Middleton, as the Telegraph rather deferentially referred to her over the weekend) is undeniably pretty in an English Rose sort of way.

But William is, let's be honest, just a bit . . . well, just a bit blehh.

But that hasn't stopped one anti-royalist group from getting their knickers in a twist about the whole thing.

Campaign group 'Republic' is threatening to sue Camden council for refusing to give it permission to hold an anti-Monarchy street party on the day of the wedding.

According to the group: "This is a disgraceful attack on the rights of republicans to make their voice heard."

So, we have two major wars going on, the Middle East is burning and threatening to turn into a giant Islamic republic, the price of oil is going through the roof, we're all completely skint and, frankly, we're all completely bloody freaked out about what the future holds.

But not this group Republic, oh no -- they're obsessed with a wedding involving two people they've never met.

Wow. It must be great to have that much time on your hands.

Yeah -- 'cos she's a great role model

Honestly -- just when you think it couldn't get any worse.

Anyone who has seen The Only Way Is Essex will undoubtedly have been heavily scarred by the experience.

I decided the only way to get through an entire episode was to play a drinking game where every time one of the gormless cabbages on the show uttered the infuriating phrase 'babes' I'd have a quick tipple. I was utterly unconscious by the first ad break.

And now there's a spin-off -- The Only Way Is Liverpool.

Ye Gods, the only thing worse than listening to those Essex knackers will be sitting through a bunch of Scousers and their even-more incomprehensible accents and eerily squeaky voices.

And it looks like they are going for the cream of the crop to appear on the show -- people like Jenny Thompson.

Jenny who?

Well, she's the hooker who charged Wayne Rooney a grand a night to let him have sex with her and she's desperate to extend her brief period of notoriety.

In fairness, you have to feel a bit sorry for Rooney.

After all, would you want to sit down on the couch for an hour on a Sunday night with your missus and watch some brasser on the telly talking about the size of your willy?

Now that's going to make for some rather uncomfortable viewing chez Rooney.

Oh God -- major hippy alert

We really do need to take better care of the planet. After all, we're reaching the limits of our oil consumption; if reports are to be believed, then global warming is going to kill all the polar bears; and climate change has completely buggered up the seasons.

But should we go as far as Bolivia?

The Bolivian government is tabling a motion with the UN to enshrine the rights of 'Mother Earth' and give insects and trees the same rights as humans.

In the kind of utterly dippy motion that the UN specialises in, they want to institute the 'Laws Of The Rights Of Mother Earth' and give the planet legal status as a living entity.

I don't know what those lads were smoking when they came up with that idea, but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some of it.

Now there's a surprise

A new survey has come out which lists the bands with the easiest fans. And guess what? Coldplay fans are the ones who are least likely to sleep with someone on the first date.

It doesn't come as a huge surprise, really, does it?

After all, even their male fans look they'd probably cry after sex.

Irish Independent