14 MARCH 1998, Page 28


MY EYE is caught by a blue poster with a simple message in white lettering: Go OUT AND MULTIPLY. I reflect that if this is addressed to me personally, it is out of place. Now, though, I find that this is meant to promote a firm of accountants called (if you need to know) BDO Stoy Hayward. Let me remind these number-crunchers where their slogan comes from. When the Ark grounded and the animals dispersed, Noah found a pair of reptiles lurking in the bilges, auditing. He rebuked them: 'Didn't you hear the Lord's word? Why don't you go out and multiply?' We can't,' they admit- ted, 'we're adders.'