We all know how clouds are often to be used to describe negative things – someone ‘having a cloud hanging over them’ or there being ‘a cloud on the horizon’. We were interested to read a scholarly article about the history of these bad connotations written by Steven Connor, and originally aired as an episode of The Essay on BBC Radio 3 on 25 February 2009. Steven’s piece shows that clouds have been getting a bad press for centuries. Many thanks to H Brown (member 7173) for letting us know about this fascinating chronology of cloud dread. Click here to read the article.