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Who is Paul?

In many ways, the picture says much to answer that question.

What the picture does not answer:

I live in Chatsworth, California with my long term partner, Greg Venne.

I am passionate about about:
     -->those who can not help themselves
     -->about politics
     -->and individual rights
     -->about Jewelry (I am a graduate gemologist) and Diamonds especially.

A picture says a thousand words. For more pictures, please visit my photo gallery.


The Latest World Headlines From BBC News . . .

Million 'have fled Ukraine conflict'

The number of people who have fled the fighting in Ukraine has doubled in weeks, and the UN says more than a million have now been displaced.

Afghan militants 'may join IS'

Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, tell the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State.

CPS withdraws Ashya parents warrant

UK prosecutors withdraw the arrest warrant that enabled Spanish police to hold the parents who took their ill son from a British hospital.

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'

A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

FM: Independence 'closer than ever'

Scottish independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as an opinion poll suggests gains for the Yes campaign.

US 'targets al-Shabab's leader'

The US military carries out air strikes in Somalia, reportedly targeting the leader of militant group al-Shabab, though it is unclear if he was hit.

FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks

The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.

Terror suspects held in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's interior ministry says it has arrested 88 people suspected of plotting attacks inside and outside the country.

Pakistan MPs hold emergency session

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support in an emergency joint session of parliament as protesters on the streets of Islamabad call for his resignation.

Arrests over Afghan child marriage

The parents of an eight-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy are arrested on charges of arranging their under-age marriage in northern Afghanistan.

Ecuador volcano increases activity

A massive ash cloud is rising from the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador as it shows increased activity with a series of explosions on Monday.

Gayet wins new French privacy case

Actress Julie Gayet, linked to President Hollande, wins a privacy case against a photographer who snapped her in her car, which French law deems private space.

Dethroned beauty queen seeks apology

A dethroned Burmese beauty queen is refusing to hand back her crown until she receives an apology from South Korean organisers.

Mass escape from juvenile US prison

More than 30 teenagers held at a juvenile detention centre in Tennessee escape by crawling through a fence and 17 are still being sought.

Nazi disabled victims memorial opens

A glass monument is publicly opened in Berlin to 300,000 victims of the Nazis with mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Chris Brown pleads guilty over punch

Rapper Chris Brown admits punching a man in October last year but walks free from court because of time already served.

VIDEO: Uganda's Ghetto Kids: 'Dance changed my life'

Children in Uganda working in a pioneering dance group, Ghetto Kids, have been describing how it has changed their lives for the better.

VIDEO: Beauty queen refuses to return crown

Myanmar's first ever beauty queen has refused to give back her $100,000 (£60,300) crown after being dethroned.

VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?

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VIDEO: China's museum of roast duck

In 2013 China had a new museum open almost every day of the year on average, resulting in some slightly bizarre attractions

VIDEO: Footage of powerful solar flares

The US Space Agency Nasa has released new footage showing a series of powerful solar flares.

VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?

Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports.

VIDEO: 'Hero' cat saves owner from fire

A tabby cat has been hailed a hero after she woke up her owner to alert him to a fire which destroyed his home in Melbourne, Australia.

Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'

The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

Thieving monkey hands out money

A monkey in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh steals money from a home and rains down banknotes on people, reports say.

Uber banned across Germany by court

A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

Detroit's bankruptcy battle begins

A hearing to convince a judge to approve Detroit's plan to restructure the city's debts has begun.

Google 'discourages' old browser use

Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of web browsers.

VIDEO: FBI to investigate celebrity hacking

The FBI are investigating after many famous women have had their nude photographs posted online anonymously after being hacked.

MPs quiz police chief over Sir Cliff

The chief constable of South Yorkshire says the BBC put his force in "a very difficult position" over a planned search of Sir Cliff Richard's home.

Survivor singer Jamison dies aged 63

Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang and co-wrote the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, dies aged 63.

Africa's farmers face failed seasons

African farmers face 'failed seasons' risk as a result of being overwhelmed by climate change, warns a status report on the continent's agriculture.

Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork'

An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.

Ebola 'threatens W Africa harvests'

The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Japan tackles dengue fever outbreak

Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected.

India humble England to win series

India send England to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat to win the fourth one-day international at Edgbaston and the series 3-0.

Gallacher gets Ryder Cup wildcard

Paul McGinley selects debutant Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his Ryder Cup wildcards.

The girl with three biological parents

Alana Saarinen is one of a few people who have DNA from three different people - the UK may soon allow a new process which could make this more common.

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined

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Nigeria militants 'seize' major town

Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram seizes the key north-eastern town of Bama after fighting with government forces, residents tell the BBC.

UK activist's Thailand trial begins

A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Russian sex geckos die in orbit

Five gecko lizards sent into orbit on a Russian space satellite as part of a sex experiment have all died, the Russian space agency says.

'Cartel links' mayors to be charged

Police in Mexico are holding two serving mayors and one ex-mayor over allegations they have links to the Knights Templar drug cartel.

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing

Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.

Halliburton agrees oil spill deal

US oilfield firm Halliburton says it has agreed a $1.1bn settlement to meet the majority of claims against it for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

New child abuse victims come forward

Twelve new victims have come forward since a report found at least 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham, South Yorkshire's chief constable tells MPs.

Troll guilty over MP 'rape' tweets

A man is found guilty of bombarding a Labour MP with abusive messages on Twitter after she supported a feminist campaign.

Glasgow woman 'promoting terrorism'

It is understood that a young woman from Glasgow has travelled to Syria and has been promoting terrorism back home via her Twitter account.

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales

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Have some football clubs overpaid for players?

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