There are those who believe that universal popularity must be an indication of a degree of iffy-ness in a work of art.
Not so Mr Gnome.
Today he cheerfully joined the nearly 2 million people who have bought the DVD Mamma Mia! The Movie since its release two days ago.
(He recalls with sadness hearing a renowned critic remark sniffily: 'Oh yes, I adore Handel - but not Messiah, of course.' Which says more about the critic than it does about George Frederick.)
Mamma Mia! is never going to join the ranks of the great musicals. (Daring judgment, huh?)
Naff singing (Pierce Brosnan? Bless.), dodgy dancing, wobbly storyline
But somehow its sheer sunny chutzpah swamps all resistance. And who could resist the perfect pop songs of Bjorn and Benny?