„Bleendreeble specialises in the universe. He doesn't branch out much beyond that. But he's quite interested in this limited field.“

—  Peter Cook, Context: I've been reading a very interesting book recently. It's called The Universe and All That Surrounds It by T J Bleendreeble. It's an extremely good book about it. It's about seventy pages long, so it's fairly comprehensive about the whole thing and it's fairly interesting. Bleendreeble specialises in the universe. He doesn't branch out much beyond that. But he's quite interested in this limited field. "Food For Thought" (1964)
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