This is going to sound fairly ridiculous because it's such an unformed inconclusive anecdote and especially because it happened in such a silly place. Also, I'm loathe to throw it out into this particular subforum because I'm sure it's full of people with Specialist Interest and much background knowledge. But if there's anywhere to offer it up for discussion I guess it's in here. If you don't mind. A few weeks ago I met some friends at Avebury, and we were sat round eating our picnics and chatting about this and that. They are probably what you'd call alternative types, but definitely not particularly believers in weirdness. In fact I think they're probably more rational than most. Anyway there we are and somebody's looking into the sky and spots Something. So we all start looking at the something, which was a long way up, and not directly overhead but apparently nearby, and it didn't seem to be moving. It looked silvery and long and thin from top to bottom. It was impossible to tell how big it was. There was much speculation. I thought with the naked eye it could be the reflection off a long wing of a glider. But to be honest it wasn't moving enough for that. One of us had a camera with a ridiculously long lens for some reason, and he tried to take a picture of it. That didn't really help elucidate what it was, it just looked pale and maybe shiny and taller than it was wide. It wasn't a great image. Then it seemed to become popular opinion that it was a Balloon. And then after that there was no more to say really, because it was impossible to see it any more clearly. And so the conversation drifted off to something else. But really I've never seen a balloon of any size that was long and thin like that. Or stationary. I've really got no idea what it was and no way to find out. And so it makes me wonder how many similar anecdotes could be told. Maybe you just have to be sitting still for a while and look up at the right moment. It was certainly an unidentified object in the sky. I can't do anything with the information at all. I suppose it's no wonder people put an extraterrestrial hypothesis on their sightings sometimes. You'd just like an answer. I guess an ET UFO is sufficiently logical to some although other people wouldn't be having any of it. I guess we're all part of a culture that knows about aliens in their spaceships, so that becomes an option of the things you can choose to explain it. Balloons being another. Perhaps it was a bloody balloon, one shaped like a 1 or something. that's it really.