In a huge week for news, journalists across the world have had plenty to keep themselves busy this week. But one of the biggest stories to come out of Southampton is the controversy caused by Oceana Nightclub (or should that be Oceanana?) – according to Ministry of Sound, a nightclub that is hugely popular with students, hairdressers and salespeople.
The BBC Hampshire website yesterday reported about Oceanana’s popular new door policy for their ‘Cheeky Tuesday’ nights’; to get in, you either pay £5 or hand over a banana. It’s proving pretty popular with students who are turning up with their bananas – saving the price of two drinks before they’ve even got in.
Various websites have mocked the BBC report for highlighting the serious issue behind the story – the amount of waste bananas each week. They’ve also taken the time to ridicule local food recycling project – Curb – and the person who runs it. Curb have highlighted the fact that bananas are already the most wasted food on the planet – even more disturbing when they travel half-way around the world before they arrive in the UK.
It’s a fair point. Even if – as Oceana bosses claim – only 50 or 60 people use bananas as their entrance fee, that’s still a lot of bananas, especially when you see the amount of homeless people on our streets. Curb was set up in March 2015 to help stop waste food around the city and since then they have already diverted over 7 tonnes and fed over 1,650 people.
OnTheScene spoke to former Solent Uni Fine Art student, Libby Russell, who is a volunteer with Curb – she suggested that Oceana bosses just make people eat their banana as their currency on the door. Not only will this help line the students’ stomachs before a night of booze it will also mean the bananas don’t go to waste. Simple, really. Too simple, perhaps?
According to communications between Curb and Oeana (on the Curb Facebook page), it seems that an agreement has now been made for Curb to collect the bananas each week. Phew!