Saturday 17 March 2018

It will be a long, cricket-less winter, but nothing could burst our bubble

David Robbins

There is a scene at the end of Martin Scorsese's film Gangs of New York in which the two warring gangs – the Natives and the Dead Rabbits – are locked in a battle to the death.

Suddenly, the walls of the city fall, and they find themselves in the middle of the New York draft riots of 1863, with Union soldiers firing on them and US Navy ships shelling them from the harbour.

It is a marvellous sequence, showing how the gang feud, absorbing as it was for the gang members, was a kind of irrelevance to other, greater struggles happening in the US.

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