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Eating in College

Posted by Martin Orr on Sunday, 19 November 2006 at 09:19

Just to continue a little on the food theme, I thought I would clarify to you how I normally eat. The College Hall does three meals every day, except for Sunday breakfast. Lunch and dinner are cheap - £2.30 for a main course and dessert. Breakfast is pretty expensive. I usually go to Hall for dinner, or sometimes for lunch if I prefer the menu. Normally I have a simple lunch in my room, and a bowl of cereal for breakfast.

I am too lazy to cook for myself - going to Hall is much quicker, more friendly and probably cheaper. In any case, the hobs have been removed from our kitchens last month, because they do not meet recently-introduced safety regulations. The College are looking at what can be done to bring the kitchens up to standard, but say that it does not look likely that this can be done - I think because the kitchens are too small. Such are the difficulties of living in an old building - it turns out it was built in the 1820s, although I would have imagined it was older than that (hence the name "New Court" I suppose).

-- Martin

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Posted by Martin Orr on Wednesday, 08 November 2006 at 16:11

I resolved to try not to buy anything in a supermarket this term (mainly Sainsbury's, which is next door to Trinity). This is because I am concerned by the monopolistic impact of supermarkets - reducing the number of customers of smaller independent shops, and damaging producers by using their buying power to push prices down. So I decided to see how easy it was to do without. For the first week or two this was hard as I didn't know where any alternatives were. I can buy bread and fruit in the market, and I am sure I have seen a cheese stall there, but never when I have wanted to buy cheese. Eventually I found two shops where I can buy things like milk - one Spar and one independent grocery shop.

I have been entirely successful in not going to a supermarket, except when buying drinks for TCMS. Will I continue with this next term? To a large extent, having developed the habit, it is quite easy to continue although it does mean walking a bit further. But I'm not really sure how much benefit there is - for example, in Sainsbury's I could buy organic milk which I am now not able to do.

-- Martin

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