When In Gnome

BRIT KITSCH Among the hallowed relics of the British Empire facing the dustbin of history: the garden gnome. Can these millennial makeovers, now in British stores, save the twee folk?

--Instead of being posed on toadstools, some figures are on microscooters.

--A Westminster bookstore has created gnomes in the likeness of Tory leader William Hague (hoisting a pint), Home Secretary Jack Straw (armed to squirt weed killer) and PM Tony Blair (big ears).

--Rather go Rome than gnome? One firm has modeled its puckish ornaments on Russell Crowe in his gladiator outfit.

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