The Gnome can't help it: he's overcome with pleasure at his proximity to the new i-Phone.
Ownership? Far from it. A kind friend graciously permitted the impromptu pose.
Mr Gnome isn't a massive materialist. Flashy cars, for instance, do nothing to warm his heart.
But, no surprise, he weakens when he encounters small-scale elegance and fitness-for-use.
The i-Phone has these in abundance.
It's only a matter of time before Mr Gnome is blogging from one of these beautiful implements.
Er, and of money....