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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 . . .

Rio 2016: IOC panel to have final say on Russian athletes' participation

The IOC says a three-person panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Games.

Tunisia parliament votes to sack PM Habib Essid

Tunisia's parliament passes a vote of no confidence in the government of PM Habib Essid over what is seen as his failure to push through economic reforms.

US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

American Luke Aikins becomes the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.

Turkey's President Erdogan seeks to rein in spy agency after coup

Turkey's president wants to close the nation's military academies and directly control the spy agency and the military chief of staff after a failed coup.

Tokyo votes for new prefecture governor after scandals

Japanese voters cast ballots for a new governor of Tokyo after financial scandals forced the previous two chiefs to quit, plaguing the city's preparations for the 2020 Olympics.

Game of Thrones to end after season eight in 2018

Game of Thrones - the record-breaking fantasy drama TV series - will end after its eighth season, American broadcaster HBO confirms.

Texas hot air balloon crash: No survivors among 16 on board

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people catches fire and crashes in the US state of Texas with all on board confirmed dead.

Syria conflict: 'Families leave' besieged Aleppo

Dozens of families have left besieged areas of the city of Aleppo along a humanitarian corridor, Syrian state media say.

Armenia police officer killed amid hostage crisis

A police officer is shot dead in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, during a stand-off with an armed group barricaded inside a police station.

Pope Francis visits predecessor John Paul II's shrine

Thousands attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at a church dedicated to the late Polish Pope John Paul II in the city of Krakow.

Texas balloon crash: Aerial footage shows aftermath

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people catches fire and crashed in the US state of Texas, with all on board feared dead.

Syria conflict: Aleppo humanitarian corridors disputed

Reports from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo suggest that only a small number of people have made use of humanitarian corridors set up to allow them to leave rebel-held areas

New Harry Potter script enchants fans

Harry Potter fans gather at bookshops across the country for the release of latest instalment in the series.

Australia protests over juvenile abuse allegations

Hundreds of people have held rallies in Australia following allegations of abuse against boys in juvenile detention.

World Youth Day: 'It's so inspiring to hear him talk about God's mercy'

Jack, Louise and Bruna are at this year's World Youth Day in Poland. Watch them tell us what it's been like so far.

New Yorkers flock to foul flower

A rare, and extremely pungent. 'corpse flower' has bloomed in New York Botanical Garden.

CEO Secrets: Reddit boss shares three tips for success

Steve Huffman, co-founder and chief executive of Reddit, offers the business advice he wishes he had been given before he started out, for the BBC News series CEO Secrets.

Terror attacks dismay Afghan migrants in Istanbul

The latest terror attacks in Germany and France have left migrants in Turkey worried about their chances of reaching northern Europe.

Luxury en-suite cell found in Paraguay prison

Police in Paraguay raided a drug lord's prison cell, only to find he was living a life of luxury - with a kitchen, plasma TV and a library.

JK Rowling praises Harry Potter fans for not sharing Cursed Child spoilers

JK Rowling praises fans for keeping the secrets of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as the stage show opens in London after weeks of previews.

James Naughtie: Onward from the conventions

What have the conventions revealed about the two main US presidential candidates and what should we expect next?

Mariko Oi: Tokyo's ill-tempered election

Tokyo is preparing to vote for its next governor, one of the biggest jobs in Japan, but the campaign has been marred by insults and allegations of sexism.

Chris Bowlby: Clearing Germany's migrant backlog

As Angela Merkel defends Germany's policy on refugees, Chris Bowlby is given unique access to a new fast-track migrant processing centre in Bonn.

Testing times for Europe's banks

The results of European bank "stress tests" have been announced, with the aim of establishing how well the banks could cope with a new financial shock.

Why did the Nusra Front break from al-Qaeda?

Syrian jihadists Jabhat al-Nusra's decision to detach itself from al-Qaeda could end up strengthening the group, says David Roberts of King's College, London.

Rio Olympics 2016: Russian athletes are arriving, but how many will compete?

Russian athletes are arriving in Rio for the Olympics Games, but how many will be cleared to compete?

Week in pictures: 23-29 July 2016

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Entertainment week

A look at some of the events over the past week, including Michael Keaton receiving a Hollywood star and the stars of Doctor Who taking a selfie.

The beauty of the skies

A selection of some of the images shortlisted in the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 contest.

Africa's top shots: 22-28 July 2016

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.

Higher ground

Pictures of wild elephants fleeing a flood-hit national park in the Indian state of Assam.

Carl Frampton beats Leo Santa Cruz to win WBA world featherweight title

Carl Frampton becomes Northern Ireland's first two-weight world champion by beating Leo Santa Cruz on points in New York.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Man Utd striker scores with bicycle kick on debut

Watch new Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic score a bicycle kick on his Manchester United debut.

US PGA Championship 2016: Lightning threat delays round three

The threat of lightning in New Jersey forces Saturday's third round to be abandoned at Baltusrol with the top 10 players unable to tee off.

Lewis Hamilton voices concern for Formula 1 safety after halo delay

Lewis Hamilton says he hopes F1 does not come to regret the decision to delay the introduction of increased cockpit head protection.

Hashtag ban

The United States Olympic Committee have been accused of bullying companies who want to talk about #Rio2016

Too PC?

Donald Trump has criticised Democrats and lots of others for being "too political correct" - but how do Democrats define the idea?

Olympian or civilian?

A clutch of celebrities have taken part in the Olympics, but gone on to find wider fame in different fields. Can you pick out which?

Your pictures

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme of "summer".

Escape the city

Farming is seen as an unglamorous job across Africa, but the BBC's Sophie Ikenye finds some young professionals who are packing in the office job to return to the family farm.

Online backtrack

Facebook removes racist gif after search for Spongebob Squarepants reveals character appearing to shoot Trayvon Martin

Shattered ceiling

Hilary Clinton has become the first woman ever to become a major party nominee for US president. The BBC travelled to the Women's National Democratic Club, founded in Washington DC in 1922, to capture the scene.

Good publicity?

Social media is both excited and confused by Matt Damon's starring role in the upcoming US-Chinese joint production - a monster adventure epic called The Great Wall.