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A weekend in the clouds in the UK

Posted by guest  April 30, 2009 07:25 AM

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Do you see animal patterns in the clouds? Get all gooey inside when sunsets turn white puffs pink and orange? Marvel at towering thunderheads in the distance? The Cloud Appreciation Society has a website you’ll love. And now they’ve sanctioned what claims to be the world’s first “Cloud Bar.” The bar opened to the public in April on the beach at Anderby Creek in Lincolnshire, UK. Designed by artist Michael Trainor, it has a wooden platform sanctioned by the society as an “official cloudspotting area” and “cloud menus” to help identify formations. But no alcohol. Just recline in the specially designed cloud-viewing seats and marvel at the artistry above.
For more intensive viewing, there’s a Sky Weekend, June 19-21, at South Downs in Sussex, UK. Society founder Gavin Pretor-Pinney will instruct participants in cloud type identification and understanding what formations tell us about weather conditions. Discover your own creativity by looking at the work of artists, writers, and scientists who have found inspiration in the skies. The two-night weekend at a country house once home to economist John Maynard Keynes is offered by a London-based outfit called The School of Life. Accommodations, meals, and activities come to £395 (less than $580 ) per person.

Posted by Janet Mendelsohn, Globe correspondent

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