I wonder if anyone else's imagination has been caught by BBC correspondent, Aleem Maqbool's journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7784227.stm)?
"This was never supposed to be about the donkey," he writes ruefully at the beginning of his blog. What he hasn't grasped is that the story is always about the donkey. The donkey who wouldn't leave her village. The one who didn't have the right papers to cross the border. The one who refused to leave the secluded bye-ways to join the busy road. And the one who is just too slow to make it to Bethlehem on time.
As I log on again for the next chapter, it is the four-hoofed companion I want to read about. Trust me, Aleem, your narrative is most definitely about the donkey.