Taylor Swift tapped into her Broadway beginnings for her 2009 MTV VMA West Side Story TV promo spot, which both spoofs and honors the September 13th award show’s return to New York City. Now watch Taylor Swift — who’s nominated for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me” — take on an updated version of “Tonight” in preparation for the 2009 VMAs, where she’ll also perform live!

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I never knew that Simon Cowell can drive very good in the track.

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Money

The taxi can be considered as one of the most convenient means of transportation compared to other passenger vehicle. People choose to ride on cabs because it is faster and much comfortable than any carrier. However, there are some commuters that opt to ride on other vehicle because it is more affordable than riding on a cab. But for those people who prefer to ride on a cab especially to those who travel going to their office everyday, there are several ways that you can do to save money when you are riding on a taxi.

Tip 1: Find a taxi stand on the street in any country. Commonly, only authorized taxi are allowed to stop at these taxi stand. From then, you can be assure that the taxi is safe to ride on and the driver is licensed and using a metered fare.

Tip 2: Look for a legitimate taxi. This would probably have a meter and two-way radio inside. Check first whether the taxi driver turns on the meter or not before getting in. However, there are some taxis that may not be metered. If that so, just try to stick to the contract price when paying.

Tip 3: Ask what a going cab fare should be. This is the most important thing. If you’ve negotiated a price, you can watch the meter to see whether you’re getting a fair price. And also, do not hesitate to point out the money ticking by on the meter if it doesn’t seem right.

Tip 4: Know where you are going. It is harder for taxi drivers to cheat you if you know exactly where you’re going. Before you accept shortcuts, detours, and special stops, make sure you know where you are, where you were, and where it is you ultimately want to go. Know the route or general direction to your destination so you can keep away yourself from being deceived and you will not pay an expensive fare.

Tip 5: If you know the shortcut road of a place where you are going you can tell the taxi driver so you will arrive early at your destination. You can also ask him to pass through alternative road during rush hour to avoid the heavy traffic at the main road. By doing this, your expense in riding a cab will be reduced.

Tip 6: Look for another passenger that will pass through the same destination as you and offer him/her to take a ride with you to lessen your expense in riding a cab.

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Michael Schumacher is undergoing fitness test for his comeback to race in Spain this August. Since the end of 2006 the 7 time champ F1 driver never had his hand back in the wheels to drive Ferrari machine that made him ultimate F1 driver.

While others are preparing to meet Michael Schumacher in the track in Valencia, Spain.

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chicago downtown

For many travelers who have never spent time in Chicago, it is an amazingly beautiful and culturally advanced city. Trips from Chicago to surrounding areas are a continual amusement and offer plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for the entire family. With attractions and activities, Chicago is everyone’s kind of town. In fact, downtown Chicago was nicknamed “the Loop” after the loop made by elevated trains encompassing the area. Chicago is also quite plainly packed with great attractions. The advantage to the compact nature of these attractions is that you can spend a day in downtown and see many of the best landmarks that continue to make the city so popular.

Chicago has a great city with a great public transportation. Public transportation is one of the easiest and most economical ways to get around in Chicago. Like any big city, taxis in Chicago are in demand. Despite this, you will find that it is much easier to take a taxi in Chicago than most cities. There are lots of taxis but they do tend to focus on the more popular neighborhoods. Taxis are a convenient way to get around the Loop and to get to the dining, shopping, and entertainment options found beyond downtown, such as on the Near North Side, in Old Town and Lincoln Park, and in Bucktown/Wicker Park.

Taxis at Chicago run 24 hours a day and may be call over the street or found at cabstands outside large office buildings, hotels and other high-traffic areas. Downtown, some places are better than others for catching a taxi. Washington, Monroe and Jackson streets are best wager during rush hour in the Loop because cabbies are eager for passengers after dropping off fares at Metra and Union Stations. Authorized taxi will always have a photo ID displayed on the front passenger side, as well as a city license number and Braille ID behind the driver’s seat. Aside from this, you, as a passenger have the right to detail the route that the driver takes. It is also your right to ask the driver to change the vehicles temperature and radio volume.

Whether you’re an easily lost visitor, a responsible bar hopper, or just someone trying to avoid the elements, you may occasionally need a cab in the busy city of Chicago. The large number of transit-shy tourists and locals ensures the trusty taxi in a place of Chicago so you can be sure that you will get safely to your destination.

Taxis are easy to call over in the Loop, on the Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast, in River North, and in Lincoln Park, but if you go much beyond these key areas, you might need to call. Cab companies include Flash Cab (tel. 773/561-1444), Yellow Cab (tel. 312/TAXI-CAB), and Checker Cab (tel. 312/CHECKER).

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There are many of us who takes taxi cab for our daily commute going to and fro from one place to another without a single thought to our safety. However, there are several factors that should be kept in mind to ensure safety especially because you are placing your life at the hands of a complete stranger.

For this purpose, as a taxi and limousine company that services the areas of Chicago and Northwest Chicago city, we have written this article to share with the commuting public as practical tips in ensuring safety during a taxi cab ride.

1.  First and foremost when riding a cab, make a note of the cab number/information displayed on the dashboard or passenger’s door, whether you are the passenger or the parent who called for the taxi to take your son or daughter to their destination. Why? Because this will easily identify the taxi company and the driver of the vehicle should there be an accident.

2.  This is also very helpful in many cases where you forget some belongings on the cab. A quick call to the taxi company will save you from a lot of trouble as the vehicle and the driver can easily be located for you.

3.  Next, you can see a taxi I.D on the dashboard with the driver’s photo, match the picture with the driver. If they don’t match then it’s better to get another cab.

4.  Before entering into the cab, make sure that the cabbie knows your destination and he is willing to take you in that place. This will save you from paying more money than you should, as opposed to someone who does not know his way around town.

5.  Check the condition of the car. At a glance you can see for yourself if the car is well maintained or not. As much as possible, choose a taxi that are well maintained as this will not only ensure your safety and comfort but also lessen the chances of having a mechanical breakdown during your ride.

6.  During the ride, make sure that you are familiar with the route that the driver is taking you. You can also simply ask your driver to take the route where you want him and he should comply with your request.

7.  And of course, upon reaching your destination always check your belongings whether you have everything with you and nothing is left on the car. A quick glance of your seat will help that none of your things have slipped from your pocket, like your mobile phone or purse.

“Safety First” Several things can happen anytime and at the most unexpected moment. Being aware of these precautionary measures should always be applied and observed to ensure safety during a taxi ride.

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