Hi to all!
First: Hamlet69, if you come aroud the forum often, you'll see that Barnaby's position is not to love 777 nor any Boeing, but to hate every Airbus A/Cs and Airbus supporters, and he/she shows it by insulting and posting silly words against everybody.
Second: Barnaby, as you see by the reports here, the failures on 777s and other Boeings are not as impossible as your “superior” American technology mind is able to accept. Just see also how many M8Xs have been called to revise their tail stabilizators, and remember how many 737s had accidents in only one summer (I remember they were 16... By the way, that year I was to fly LGW-BCN back home on a BAW 732, two days after another BAW 732 had crashed on take off killing 32 at Sheffield, UK) or how many 717s/M95s have been called to review), or how many 744s have been found with problems of possible fire close to the engines fuel conducts.
Barnaby: open your eyes and be a little critic with yourself. No comments about technology: nowadays air technology is a dream for anyone who has been an engineer and evolution is so fast that is even difficult to understand.
YES: I am an Airbus enthousiast, because of their commonality logics, making four different A/Cs (A318-A319-A320-A321) of one only project (A32x), same with A300-A310 and A330-A340. But contrarely to what you would do, I liked the idea of the Boeing 757-200 & 757-300 as one common A/C.
And, although I am an AB-enthousiast, it is not a psyco-sexual problem to me the fact of accepting that is a weird idea to fly an aircraft with a joystick, that some 320s crashed at landings at the beginning, or that one Olympic Airways A300-B4 remained for three days on the ground at BCN because of several problems with one turbine, even aborted two T/Os loaded with passengers.
TO ALL: c'mon, guys: ALL TWINS are capable to complete an emergency take off on one engine, on the event of failure AFTER V1 or VR, meaning that they are able to keep on the air as long as for trowing fuel out and re-land, even full-loaded. Off course they won't climb very happy..., but they won't necessarily crash because of this; and ALL TWINS are able to fly for several hours (MUCH further than the 180 min trans-oceanic ETOPS required) with only one engine. Also, an A32x captain told me that is perfectly possible not only to land on one engine (actually it is possible to land WITHOUT engines at all), but it is also possible to slow down by using the reverse thrust, at least on small/medium aircrafts, even with engines below the wings, thus much more assimetric (32Xs and 757s) than tail-engined ones (727s, M8Xs, etc.)