PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 December, 2008, 12:00am

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Name Tim De Ruyck

Age 18

City Munte, Belgium

Munte is a small village close to Ghent. Ghent is a big city with around approximately 237,000 people. It's the place where I spent most of my time.

There are a lot of old buildings in the city - even a castle from the Dark Ages - so driving is forbidden on a lot of streets. Most people take a bus or tram, or just cycle.

My first language is Dutch and I can also speak French, English and a bit of German.

I go to the cinema a lot - I like most movies except romantic ones and musicals. I like a good thriller, comedy or tense action film.

I like most music (except hard metal, classic music and rap) but my favourites are electro, trance, house and rock.

Once a month, my friends and I go paintballing, and we go swimming every Saturday. We try to get to a music festival every summer.

I don't have idol; I think that when you believe in yourself, you can do almost anything.

People say I'm pleasant and calm, but sometimes I get very nervous. I believe in never giving up and doing everything you can to help people you care about.

In the future I want to work in a lab. I guess I'll study biochemistry to make that dream come true.