I'm going to close this for Art but point out in closing, just for one more record, that the article was in fact written not by the unknown retired Major but by TFL's own Marco Kloos
and the original can be seen here
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.