1. Because we have three Costas.
It’s true too. Why have three different kinds of eateries when instead you can have three Costas all within sixty seconds of each other? I’ll tell you why. Because we can.
2. Because independent idealists should make way for the shining light of contemporary capitalist enterprise.
I spent £4.25 the other day in Loafers café – six pieces of iceberg, two cherry tomatoes and a spoonful of salmon later and I felt so lucky to have such a wonderful eatery at my university that a single tear rolled down my cheek. Just because it’s run by Costa and used to be run independently doesn’t mean that it’s shit and that we should hate it and never eat there ever again.
3. Because who needs water?
Especially when we’ve got overpriced cans of coke, cups of coffee and twenty-three different types of carbonated caffeine based drinks to choose from. Who cares that Goldsmiths barely provides us with a single free source of drinking water? We’re not their children, they’re not there to look after us!
4. Because of Natura café.
Mmmm, pasta with vegetables. Mmmm. I don’t know about you but my daily budget is somewhere between £9 and £12 – so what’s £5 to a student? That’s five pounds sterling, five hundred pence, for a bowl of pasta and vegetables. Did they harvest them on the moon? Did each vegetable have its own masseuse?
5. Because of Natura cafe.
And the sheer ambiguity of the signage up there; Saussure would have had a field day. ‘This is a common room’ states the sign, ‘no food to be eaten from the outside’ and then, ‘only food in recyclable containers can be consumed here’. Are they trying to confuse us into submission? To think they’re carrying the torch for independent retailers makes me want to start crying into my overpriced coffee.
6. Because of Natura café.
And their rent for last year was £4000, which, relatively speaking, is kind of similar to you or I paying £50 a month for our own rent.
7. Because the more we spend here the better our education will be.
It all fits nicely together if you really, really think about it. The more we spend, the more money goes to the departments, the more money gets spent on us. Fine, simple economics, so be it, that £4.25 salad, that £2.50 cup of coffee, that £1.80 bio-organic chocolate brownie, it’s an investment into your future, so spend away, but try not to bankrupt yourself.
…On a more sensible note, if you’re a bit peckish and you want to support a local New Cross business you could do a lot worse than Ottoman BBQ restaurant (next to Iceland), where you can get a Lahmajun for £1.50 – freshly grilled Turkish naan, salad, stewed tomatoes, minced lamb – a perfect cheap and healthy lunchtime pick-me-up.