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Cream Tea Tacvba

We enjoyed a cultural weeked away, did Mrs P and I. There was something very Mexican and something very English in it for both of us. First stop, Shepherds Bush Empire to watch one of Mrs P’s favourite Mexican bands, Cafe Tacuba. Shepherds Bush is a part of west London that has yet to be gentrified, although the flashy new Westfield shopping mall is perhaps a first step in that direction. I quite like Shepherds Bush. It’s like a lot of the London I remember from my childhood. Edgy, alive and full of character.

The concert was, unsurprisingly, full of Mexicans. Which is a good thing. My lofty proportions meant that I had a fine view of the stage. And Mexicans are nice to be around. I find groups of Mexicans quite delightful in the UK. Groups of Brits abroad are notoriously drunk and obnoxious, Americans loud and brash, and Germans steal all the sunbeds. But Mexicans just get very excited about being Mexican. I know of Cafe Tacuba, and have had a beer in the bar of the same name in Mexico City. But I know only one song of theirs. Which I quite like. And which they no longer play, because it’s a bit rapey, apparently. Not in keeping the the #metoo mood.

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The following day we did travel to Stratf’rd upon Avon to enjoyeth a day walking ’round this hist’ric town, behold in at the main Shakespearean sites, has’t a cream tea at the RSC’s rooftop restaurant and then partake in a leisurely cruise up and down the riv’r avon, which wast a most civilis’d and agreeable endeth to our journey.

The cream tea didst not involve a #metoo moment, but th’re wast still the opp’rtunity to causeth offence. Shouldst the cream wend on first or the jam? Get it wrong in some parts of the nation and thee’ll be fast eject’d for thy heathenry. I did play it safe and didst the first one way and then the oth’r scone the opposite. I hath left the establisment happily unmolest’d.

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14 thoughts on “Cream Tea Tacvba

  1. La nuera says:

    We have seen Cafe Tacuba in NYC, and it was a fantastic show. I agree with your assessment of groups of Mexicans abroad. We hit the jackpot on lottery tickets for the 2006 World Cup and got to be there for a match of México v Angola. It was a blast, especially pre-game being around everyone loving being Mexican in Germany.

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    • Perhaps a group of half a dozen or more Mexicans abroad should be called an ‘Excitement of Mexicans’.

      I’m jealous about the footy game. But I was far to far away in 2006 to be watching World Cup games in the flesh. Now, in 2026 I hope things will be different. I have my heart set on watching a World Cup game in Mexico. And if it can be either Mexico or England that’s playing, then that would be just the stuff of dreams.

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      • La Nuera says:

        I like it. An excitement of Mexicans. Ah I gotta brag that I also scored England tickets at the 2006. An impressively fun group of Brits with all manner of chants and songs seated near us. No idea how my mysterious Mr P achieved it, but we got lottery tickets to three matches. And yes I’m also married to a mysterious Mexican with a P name. Here’s to wishing your mysterious Mrs P brings you good fortune with 2026 tickets.

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        • Ok, I am at peak jealousy. The 2006 World Cup was tragic for England though. We went there with the best squad on the planet on paper. The favourites to win. And yet, the same old story.

          I too pray for luck for 2026 tickets. Maybe see you there!

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  2. Sounds like a great time was had by all. So how many Mexicans are in and around London anyway? Seems sort of unlikely on the face of it.

    But I’m glad for the report. London is one of my favorite cities, though I’ve pretty much only seen the posh bits. But they’re nice nonetheless.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we’re busy developing ashy bits of town.

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    • Hola Kim, long time no see. I did wonder whether the fires were in your locale. Hope all is ok. Ash covered is recoverable I guess, and better than singed.

      According to Wiki there are a million people of Latin American birth in the UK. Brazilians and Colombians are the biggest groups, apparently. Which seems a lot. How many Mexicans around London? I’d guess five to ten thousand. Mostly young, monied and the sort that you’d find in Polanco rather than Tepito.

      There’s a small community of them in Bournemouth, about 20 or so that I know of. Most, like Mrs P, seem to have British spouses. There’s quite a sizeable group of Venezuelans. They all have money and are here to try and keep it. While we await the consequences of Brexit inspired Disaster Capitalism, they are the flip side of the coin – Disaster Socialism. I guess, to be specific, I should say Disaster Dictatorial Socialism.

      There’s plenty of Colombians too. This group, unlike the others, seems to have a high proportion whose presence in the country is either time-limited or lapsed. I’ve encountered a couple of cases where a groom is sought, top money paid. Although I’m not sure Colombians and Brits will agree on their definition of ‘top money’.

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      • Hola Gary! Cool to learn about the Latins in London and the UK. Does Mrs. P feel the need to socialize with them at all? And by the by, if you want the gory detail about our fire (at least from my perspective) I’ve written a blog post and posted a video showing an enormous cloud of smoke. Saludos y un abrazo!

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        • She tends to socialise with some Venezuelans and the sole Argentine that we know of.

          I’ve watched the video. That’s a pretty monumental fire. And, methinks, something that will feature more commonly in the future. We’ve not treated this planet terribly kindly. We’ve had scorching temperatures here and plenty of heath fires. But nothing on the scale of what you’re facing. Although I did have the unpleasant job of watching someone burn on a live rail recently.

          Again, stay safe.

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        • Ugh, watching someone burn on a live rail. That’s got to be frustrating. It’s not like you can pull him free either. Just have to wait for the power to be cut. Brutal!

          And yes, we’ve trashed the planet and continue doing so. But honestly, every time I watch one of these wildfires massively contaminate the air, I wonder whether getting those last micrograms of pollution out of car exhausts is making any difference whatsoever.
          Saludos and thanks for your multiple comments. Abrazos!

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        • It was, alas, a 16 year old girl. And someone was brave/stupid enough to drag her off the rail, at the cost of being zapped a bit himself. But 15/20 seconds is a long time to be stuck there – the burns were horrific. I’m told she lost both legs and her eyes. If that’s the limit of her injuries, I’d be extremely surprised.

          As for the planet, we may have passed the tipping point. If not, it’s very possible we’re getting very close to it. This is something we’ll learn in hindsight. But it would be an absolute dereliction of all social and political responsibility to not attempt to wind in our species’ impact on the planet. My greatest disappointment in ‘our mutual friend’ was his decision to pull out of the Paris Treaty. For all its flaws and limitations, we at the very least need to be collectively moving in the right direction and setting some sort of positive example for future generations.

          I’m holding out hope for a Star Trek type food replicator. The science is still a long way off, but it seems logically possible. Imagine the difference that would make…

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        • My problem with the Paris accord was that it was nothing more than a feel-good exercise to fool everyone into believing we were doing something. This really is one of those problems where half-steps won’t cut it. Either you fix the problem (at probably unacceptable cost) or you don’t. But half-measures are simply a waste of money. And letting the Chinese and Indians continue to build hundreds of coal fired power plants while we make some minor cuts here is exactly the way to not solve the problem. Face it, no one wants to pay the real cost of addressing the problem. As such, it’s unlikely to be solved, IMHO. By the way, have you seen that USA carbon emissions have been steadily falling while the rest of the world’s have been rising?

          https://www.weeklystandard.com/tony-mecia/u-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions-falling-under-trump-european-emissions-rising

          But in some ways, climate change is only the tip of the rapidly-melting iceberg. There simply are too many people, and human life under the current regime is unsustainable. Very sad!

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  3. I am sure I share many of your reservations regards the Paris Treaty. But it’s a start. There’s a goal. There’s recognition of the problem and a framework to go forward with.

    You’re right about US emissions, but I’m pretty sure you’ll find that that has an awful lot more to do with a dramatic increase of natural gas extraction in the US over that timeframe than with any particular political leader. Given that the US is a developed nation, possess more advanced renewable tech etc etc, it’s not entirely surprising that the graph looks the way it does. Europe is a disappointment.

    Another problem is the ‘We’ve got ours, you guys can stay in straw huts’ attitude that some have towards China and India, where the biggest political motivation seems to be towards dragging people out of poverty and pulling their country’s up to our level. I’m not sure there’s an easy solution for this. However, both country’s have very large and dense populations in areas that are very vulnerable to climate change. Mother Nature will put the pressure on them, probably sooner rather than later.

    But it’s these facts that make Trumps decision to pull out of the Paris Treaty all the more disappointing. The US could take a leadership roll. Instead, he’s thrown his toys out of the pram for no other reason that for a soundbite to appeal to his base to win himself a few cheers by a bunch of poorly informed and uneducated morons. That’s about the sum of it. Because – let’s be clear – his babble about coal is nonsense. His policies aren’t going to bring back any meaningful numbers of jobs.

    There simply are too many people, and human life under the current regime is unsustainable.

    Agree completely. A cull is likely, don’t you think? Will we beat Mother Nature to it, and do it ourselves? Let’s hope not. Either way, crossed fingers we get a pass when the cull happens.

    I suspect that things could go pear shaped really rather quickly. When, I have no idea. But a few really hot global summers, with a few excessive droughts and floods, and the world’s food supply could be hard pressed to meet demand. It goes from there, wars et al.

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