London eye- Bicentennial friendship

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By Jon Benjamin*

I am especially excited to write these lines, since we are celebrating 200 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United Kingdom. Our friendship, which has grown since we were the first European country to recognize the independence of Mexico, has strengthened over the years and is reflected today in aspects such as gastronomy, soccer and music, among many others.

This October 10 marked the bicentenary of the appointment of the first British consul general in Mexico, Charles O'Gorman, who since his arrival built the solid foundations of our bilateral relationship; But, after his arrival, there have been millions of my compatriots who, like me, have been captivated by Mexico.

One of the first traveling painters to arrive in Mexico after independence was Daniel Thomas Egerton, who fell so much in love with the landscapes of Puebla, Guadalajara and Mexico City, that he captured them in several paintings; in fact, one of them, titled The Valley of Mexicois now in the room of the British Residence.

As a fan of Mexican food, I cannot ignore the connection of our towns. Last week I had the opportunity to visit Hidalgo again, where in the 19th century British immigrants shared with the Mexicans the recipe for our cornish pasties that, hand in hand with the Mexican seasoning, gave life to the pastes... today Cultural Heritage of the state.

  • When I think of another person in love with Mexican cuisine, it immediately comes to mind Diana Kennedywho spent more than six decades traveling to corners of Mexico in search of recipes and ingredients, which earned him recognition from Mexico with the Order of the Aztec Eagle in 1981.

The bilateral relationship has also benefited our palate through collaborations such as the one achieved between the Scotch Whiskey Association and the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry, to bring together the producers of these liquors for the creation and marketing of Scotch whiskey aged in tequila barrels. and tequila aged in whiskey barrels, thus giving liquors of the highest quality and flavor.

  • It is known by many that I am a great soccer fan, which is why I am very excited to know that, among the first British adventurers to arrive in Mexico, there was a group of miners who formed the first soccer team in the country, Pachuca. Today, the presence of Mexican players is also recognized in the United Kingdom. With the signing of Edson Alvarez my soccer team, West Ham, has 11 who have joined the Premier League.

Our cultural ties have also been reflected in cinema. For example, last year the second headquarters outside the United Kingdom of The Raindance Film School was inaugurated in Guadalajara, Mexico to support great Mexican film talent.

Music has also been a solid bridge between the United Kingdom and Mexico, forming a relationship of mutual inspiration, as happened with Chris Martinvocalist of Coldplay, after learning about the work of Frida Kahlo. He has shared that the vibrant colors of the Casa Azul of Coyoacán and the painting Still Life: Long Live Lifewere great influences for the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Dear readers, it is impossible for me, in so few lines, to give an account that does justice to 200 years of friendship, therefore, in my next column I will talk to you about other highlights of our collaboration in political, economic and social.

I look forward to your comments on my Twitter account @JonBenjamin19, and at Let's keep talking!

*Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Mexico

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