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Sudan in winter

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:101
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

The Khartoum Hilton, last month, was a comfortable pied-a-terre for an external examiner. Downstairs in the business centre I caught up on my emails. The Sunset Lounge had plenty of drinks, all non-alcoholic, and the lobby had a Christmas tree.

I felt surrounded by history. Along the Blue Nile was the palace where General Gordon died. Across the Nile itself were the Madhi's tomb and the Khalifa's house, now a museum, where a smiling guide …

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