Well... if you know me you know i love stories. things just seem to happen to me; good and bad. and heres a bad, or maybe good one! I had a lecture at Manchester Met Uni at 10am this morning. Now I got off the bus on Oldham Road (or is it street?) as per usual, making my nice shortcut way to the university. only my travels take me past Canal Street. whilst there being nothing wrong with any of that I'm usually a little bit more worried about walking past nightclub districts- daytime or not. The street is empty. i walk down about half way and notice these 3 guys coming my way, they were walking on the other side of the pavement so i thought nothing of it. until one guy starts to head towards me... so i turn my iPod off at this time. he gets closer and his mates join him. he asks "got the time?" and they start to close in on me. I just say no, as is the way right?. so this big guy in the middle asks me "what you listening too?" and i sort of half play a game with him "Franz Ferdinand" i say. first time i've played them for months too. i say whilst laughing my head off in my... head. "I don't think much of their second album though". i dont know why i do this! even when confronted with danger i always try and make myself laugh. he says "aaaw can i have a listen" so following this jesters command i let him have a little listen. then he says "aww can i have a look?" referring to my iPod (as if the white headphones didn't give it away). then for the most insane reason he asks "I'm gay y'know"... which... he wasn't. he was a blatant skinhead trying to make pals with me. him thinking that walking down Canal Street makes me gay, that and my orange Crumpler Wee bee bag so i say... "listen mate, im a student. im not buying a new iPod". then his mate says "cummon just leave him" and then I just walk around them and continue my journey. sorry its quite an anticlimax but y'know my first iPod-near-mugging related encounter! i feel quite proud. that'll teach me for using the main roads! they were quite polite for attempted muggers though... BUT! what is just too mental is that just last night i was looking at my iPod Mini thinking to myself that i should have gotten a larger capacity iPod. i even said here that i may get an 80gb model if they released one. if there is a god was he giving me a polite option there? my parents would have bought me a new iPod- i bought my mini and currently have no money, and knowing them . i could have just said "yea sure, but pretend to punch me and steal my iPod for the CCTV cameras ok?". anyone else had any similar encounters? PS. Canal Street is the gay centre of Manchester to those not in the know. unfortunately its slap bang inbetween my bus stop and the university.