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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 . . .

US election 2016: Trump accused of Cuba embargo breach

Hillary Clinton says presidential rival Donald Trump appears to have violated US laws, after a report said he broke a trade embargo with Cuba.

9/11 lawsuits bill causes Saudi Arabia 'great concern'

Saudi Arabia says it is a matter of "great concern" that 9/11 relatives in the US may be able to sue the kingdom for damages.

Hoboken train station crash: One dead and dozens hurt in New Jersey

A woman is killed and dozens of other people are injured, some of them critically, as a commuter train crashes at a railway station in New Jersey.

Syria war: Russia rejects US calls to halt bombing eastern Aleppo

Russia says it will continue bombarding rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where thousands are trapped, despite US demands for Moscow to stop.

Kashmir attack: India 'launches strikes against militants'

India's army carries out "surgical strikes" against suspected militants along the de-facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte in Canada play day

Prince George and his sister play with children of Canadian military families, with 16-month-old Princess Charlotte heard speaking for the first time in public.

Somalia says US air strike killed civilians not al-Shabab

A Somali regional government official has demanded an explanation from the US after 22 civilians and Somali soldiers were allegedly killed in an airstrike.

Shimon Peres funeral: Arrests ahead of Israeli funeral

Israeli police make several arrests as a huge security operation swings into action ahead of Friday's funeral for former prime minister and president Shimon Peres.

Rosetta probe set for comet collision

The audacious Rosetta mission has been commanded to end its investigation of Comet 67P by crashing into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.

Russia plans to ban 'baby boxes' for unwanted infants

Russia plans to ban "baby boxes" - the hatches introduced in many countries where desperate mothers can safely abandon a baby.

German lion escape: Sad end in Leipzig zoo

One of two lions that escaped from an enclosure in Leipzig zoo in Germany has been shot dead after attempts to use a tranquilliser failed.

Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists

A reptile that lived 200 million years ago is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.

New Jersey train crash: Footage from inside station

Amateur footage from inside New Jersey station shows the scene after a train crashed during morning rush hour, killing at least one person and injuring 100.

Rosetta spacecraft's crash landing explained

The Rosetta probe, which has been beaming back spectacular pictures of a comet, is to end its journey by crash landing.

Royals in Canada: George and Charlotte attend party

Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended a party with children of military families, as part of the royal visit to Canada.

Raffaele Sollecito 'wants to rebuild image'

Raffaele Sollecito, who spent four years in prison for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher before his conviction was quashed, says he wants to rebuild his image.

On board plane flying through the jet stream

Science editor David Shukman goes on board the plane measuring the jet stream to find out how it affects our weather.

How many baby pandas can you count?

Twenty-three giant panda cubs have made their public debut at a research centre in Chengdu in south west China.

Aleppo: Brain surgery carried out on hospital floor

Distressing footage shows the grim reality of an Aleppo hospital. Contains upsetting footage and scenes of surgery.

China Typhoon Megi: Rescuers struggle with mudslides and floods

Rescuers in China's eastern Zhejiang province have been searching for survivors at the site of landslides triggered by heavy rain.

Newly-arrived Syrian refugee saves Canadian bride's wedding day

A picture of a newly-arrived Syrian refugee fixing a bride's broken wedding dress in Canada is winning hearts across the world.

Reykjavik goes dark for Northern Lights show

Icelandic capital switches off street lights to give people a better view of the Aurora Borealis.

Reeta Chakrabarti: Chile's president defiant over abortion changes

Chile's first female president, Michelle Bachelet, has made it her mission to change her country's restrictive abortion laws.

Hugh Schofield: Sarkozy ex-adviser's revenge on 'fake tough guy'

The poisonous memoirs of a right-wing adviser at the Elysee Palace embarrass ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy as he plans for a presidential comeback.

The lessons of Colombia's extraordinary peace process

The peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Farc guerrilla movement brings to an end 52 years of conflict

What is the 9/11 bill and why is it so controversial?

Why is a bill brought by grieving families desperate to get justice 15 years on from the 9/11 attack so controversial, and what are its wider implications?

How has India changed a year after Dadri beef lynching?

The BBC's Ayeshea Perera looks at the ramifications of the lynching of a Muslim man in northern India over rumours that his family had slaughtered a cow and eaten beef.

Faceless London

Photographer Jim Grover spent four hours making pictures of people on London's Westminster Bridge.

Royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Canada with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, for a royal tour, five years after they first visited the country as newly-weds.

Gruelling race

Hundreds of people take part in a gruelling race challenge at Banchory in Aberdeenshire.

Eric Black: Southampton assistant named in corruption claims

Southampton assistant boss Eric Black gave undercover reporters advice on how to bribe officials at other clubs, the Daily Telegraph claims.

Manchester United 1-0 Zorya Luhansk

Manchester United climb off the bottom of their Europa League group thanks to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half winner against Zorya Luhansk.

Ryder Cup 2016: Danny Willett says brother's article 'puts a downer' on debut

Europe's Danny Willett concedes his brother's "wrong and ill-timed" article criticising American fans "puts a downer" on his first Ryder Cup.

Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0-0 Southampton

Southampton earn a valuable Europa League point against Hapoel Be'er-Sheeva from a dour affair in Israel.

'Three person' babies

A new "three person" fertility technique is about saving lives, not tailor-making babies, one of the doctors who carried out the first procedure tells the BBC.

Saints and stigma

Secrecy and silence surrounds the issue of mental health in Pakistan. Those with money can afford treatment but families in rural areas often fall back on ancient superstitions, reports BBC Urdu's Saba Eitizaz.

Bowing out

Carlos Acosta talks about why the classical ballet world needs to find new Romeos as he dances out with dignity.

Thirsty business

A look at continuing efforts to reduce the water and energy needed to cool the world's data centres.

Feeling the cold

People who lost their homes in the Italian earthquake disaster are still living in tents but they have the support of a vast relief team.

Beating Big Brother

Secret surveillance of US citizens by police is on the rise with black neighbourhoods often the target - here is how one Californian city fought back.

Dip in the road

Thai women take baths in potholes to draw attention to unrepaired roads.

A new 'lunatic line'?

Kenyan plans to build a railway across a national park, but could it be a new version of the so-called "lunatic line" to nowhere, asks Alastair Leithhead.

'Mr Jimmy'

Kurt Russell says his latest film, Deepwater Horizon, shows "we don't live in a perfect world" when it comes to getting oil out of the ground.

Charlotte's voice

Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant had not planned to speak on behalf of her whole city of Charlotte. When she did, she got the world's attention.

Bags of joy

Finnish-Syrian father-of-six Rami Adhan has become known as the "toy smuggler" for taking large bags of toys into Syria for children suffering in the war.

Threat of violence

India's official entry to the Best Foreign Language film at Oscars is a gritty crime drama on police brutality and corruption, writes Sudha G Tilak.


BBC Monitoring looks at the most contentious issues in the peace deal signed by the Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels ahead of a popular vote on 2 October.

Memory keepers

The child of two Holocaust survivors talks about being the keeper of their memories – and projects working with children of survivors of massacres in Rwanda and Bosnia talk about the impact handed down through families.