Whispers of March now a reality !

With 10 straight wins - USofA - is trying to affirm the greatness of a nation not because of the height of skyscrapers, or the power of military, or the size of economy; but pride based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal......' they might elect first black president in Barrack Obama. He has successfully dogged away from the 'plastic' campagin of Mr&Mrs Clinton.

What Clinton's Wisconsin Loss Means
By ALAN FRAM – 46 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's defeat in this week's Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary wasn't just any old loss.
Exit polls of voters show it was a serious collapse that saw Barack Obama erode — if not capture — much of the heart of her support. As the two rivals turn their attention to crucial showdowns in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania, here is a look at what Wisconsin portends for the road ahead.
Q: How bad was Wisconsin for Clinton?
A: Very. Of the types of voters who usually support her, only older people — especially whites over age 65 — remained solidly loyal. She and Obama essentially split the votes of many groups she has carried easily in previous primaries, including white women, whites with no more than high school diplomas, white Democrats and whites earning under $50,000 annually. In one remarkable turnaround, white men without college degrees supported Clinton in previous primaries by a combined 52 percent to 37 percent, but in Wisconsin they backed Obama 60 percent to 38 percent. The Illinois senator also improved his usual healthy margins with the youngest, most liberal and best educated voters.
Q: Does Obama's success in Wisconsin with groups that usually support Clinton mean he will hold onto them in the next big states?
A: No, but it does demonstrate that it's possible. Last year, before voting began, polls showed Clinton had sturdy-looking leads with those voters, so it's clear that Democrats of all stripes are showing a willingness to listen to him — and to abandon her. Keep in mind the Wisconsin results were not unforeseen, since Obama had been closing the gap with Clinton among some groups of voters last week in Virginia and Maryland and in some Super Tuesday states the week before.
Q: Won't the upcoming big states remove some advantages Obama had in Wisconsin?
A: That's true. For one thing, Wisconsin borders on Obama's home state and parts of southern Wisconsin are heavily influenced by his nearby home town of Chicago. Obama ran up some of his biggest margins in that part of Wisconsin. In addition, Obama had the aggressive help of Wisconsin's governor, Jim Doyle. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell have endorsed Clinton.
Q: Obama was also helped because Wisconsin allows people of other parties to vote in the Democratic contest, right?
A: Yes, but so do Texas and Ohio, which vote on March 4. In Wisconsin, more than a third of voters were either independents or Republicans — a large number. About two-thirds of them voted for Obama. In the 2004 Democratic presidential primaries, almost three in 10 Ohio voters were independents or Republicans, as were a quarter in Texas, so these are substantial sources of potential strength for him. Pennsylvania's April 22 contest is for Democrats only.
Q: What about the racial makeup of the next states?
A: One potential edge for Clinton is in Texas, where Hispanics comprised a quarter of Democratic voters in 2004 and could be even more this year. Across the party's primaries so far in 2008, six in 10 Hispanics have backed Clinton. There were few of them in Wisconsin. In 2004, one in five Texas Democratic voters and one in seven in Ohio were black, a group that has voted in near unanimity for Obama. There were no exit polls of Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters in 2004.
Q: If Clinton's advantage has been with the elderly, white women and less educated whites, do any of these states have significant numbers of them?
A: Just over half of white Democrats who voted in Ohio in 2004 and six in 10 in Texas lacked college degrees, compared with 45 percent of whites who have voted in Democratic primaries so far this year. Of the Democratic primaries this year, about one in three voters have been white women, and Ohio had slightly more that in 2004, while Texas had a bit fewer. Neither state has unusually large numbers of older Democrats.
Q: With Texas one of the country's more conservative states, whom does that help?
A: Though Texas may be conservative, the overall ideology of its Democratic voters is similar to many other states, in part because of the substantial Hispanic and black populations, according to 2004 exit polls. Actually, Ohio was a bit less liberal than Texas. Over the first two months of this year's voting, Obama has had an edge over Clinton among those calling themselves very liberal — he won that group in Wisconsin by 16 percentage points. The two have run about evenly among all liberals and moderates, and he has had a slight advantage among party conservatives.
The data is based on exit polls conducted Tuesday in Wisconsin; in 21 other states that have held contested Democratic primaries this year; and in 2004 in Ohio and Texas. The margin of sampling error varies by survey and subgroup.

Dubai Metro - Pictures of the new train

Much awaited Dubai metro trains have finally arrived it seems !

Punting is back

Time for late night watching, printing your team sheet, calculating the points and betting how much your team would have won

My revised team for the last 16 is this

Casillas – GK – RM would surely make through and he would play
Bruno Alves
Zanetti – I was tempted to take Maldini though
Cristiano Ronaldo – captain – probability for doubling the scores
Deco – hope he is in the starting
J cole – Chelsea should make through
Kaka –
Ronaldhino –
Ibrahimovic – he was out with injury, should come back strongly
Tevez – Manu United should make to second round – and he should play.

I have not taken any single player from Arsenal – which should not be surprising keeping in mind the form they are in.

Marketers like sad Customer !

Hezen has posted a interesting article in his new blog - indicating a Harvard study that - sad customers spends more than a happy one !. Many be this is why the spurt in sales for healthy feel good products, more about this on : http://theworldbeneathmyfeet.blogspot.com/2008/02/sad-consumers-good-for-marketers.html

Region and roles-the success of regional fried chicken outlet – Al Baik

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, other than pumping 19MT of crude every second, is a vast expanse of land which lacks the hurried growth of Dubai or Doha. But it is a huge swath of a marketplace for any marketer. Port city of Jeddha has stretch of road which is lined up by numerous malls ( I counted atleast 18-20) selling Armani to Aston Martin and Riyadh packs the punch to match any top draw city. Amidst all this foreign brands a local fried chicken chain is teaching the lots of KFC’s and McDonald a lesson or two in running a food chain successfully. You would find MNC food chains aisle empty or near deserted (same is the fate of Carrefour). At Al Baik chain the story is different …people were queuing up.

The differentiation were the following

1. Product – offering was uniquely different- the inner crust of the fried chicken has a special coating of condiments which was very tasty.
2. Execution of the product: Speed at which they served order was amazing , even though there was a long queue ( 25- 30 people before me ) I was served in under 10 minutes.
3. Viral : word of mouth – ‘You are in Jeddah and not tried Al Baik ??’
4. Exclusivity: Al Baik is limited to western part of the Kingdom.