Mr Gnome rattled along the rails today to visit the historic port city of Bristol.
The HB improved the shining hour with some Christmas correspondence.
Mr G was privileged to be granted a behind-the-scenes glimpse of an up-and-coming local eatery - THE MAGIC ROLL.
It's located at 3 Queen's Row, a short step from the University. Do try. SO not a chain.
Mr G declares an interest. His HB is related to co-proprietor JPK.
A colourful expression emerged.
JPK noted the importance of a gently watchful management style in a business that employs many people with cash-handling responsibilities.
One doesn't have to mount a heavy surveillance operation. One simply has to be around, taking an interest and letting people know that you are aware.
Since he's been doing this, cash no longer goes astray - the tills balance.
He remarked: 'Old proverb: 'The eye of the master maketh the horse fat.'
Wise words from a wise man.