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A few days ago a friend of mine had the rather awful drama of having left her passport in Edinburgh when she was due on a flight the following morning from London.

In the end she solved her problem by moving her flight and getting a friend to come down with her passport on the train – but in doing some online research to help her out I came across the website Nimber.

This very clever brokering website puts people with things to ship in touch with people who are going that way anyway. I have never tried it so cannot vouch for it, but there is something about this sort of caper that feels like it might come in handy in this logistically complex time of year.