British links to Mexico are, not surprisingly, few and far between. We half heartedly (and temporarily) invaded once with the French and Spanish in a row over cash, but quickly withdrew with the Spaniards as soon as the real French intentions – occupation – were uncovered. We did threaten to invade Mexico later in response to problems in Belize, but nothing came of it. British oil interests were nationalised in the early part of the 20th century, which provoked a spat. Cornish miners then gave Mexico the sport of football, and the pasty whilst working in Pachuca, to the north of Mexico City. That’s about it.
Except for the music. Depeche Mode and other bands which are only moderately successful in the UK are huge here. Bigger bands such as the Stones and Duran Duran are also huge. But none more so than the Beatles. Beatlemania is a constant fixture. A tribute band in the city, imaginatively called ‘Help!’, won an international contest a few years ago and were declared the best Beatles Tribute band in the world. Which must have been nice for them. I did go and see them in 2005 or 2006, and can confirm they were really very good and worth going to see.
But if you can’t make it to one of their gigs, fear not, because over at Universal’s radio station, there are two daily Beatles shows, an hour long each. This year they have declared to be the 45th anniversary of Beatlemania in Mexico. You can even apply for a special card and win prizes! The card is free and so, being a fan of all things free, I have duly applied for it. I have to go collect it tomorrow. Long live John Lennon George Harrison Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr!