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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 . . .

Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action

Authorities in Kiev announce the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists, as Moscow warns that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war.

South Korea ferry rescue under way

A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized off South Korea, coastguard officials say.

Mini-sub resumes search for plane

A robotic submarine resumes its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean.

NYPD disbands Muslim 'spying' unit

The New York Police department shutters a secret programme designed to listen to and track Muslims in the city's neighbourhoods to identify threats.

China's 7.4% growth beats forecast

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

Boston marks bombing anniversary

Boston marks the anniversary of the deadly bombing at last year's marathon, honouring the dead and lauding the strength of the survivors.

Syria 'torture' photos shown to UN

Members of the UN Security Council view graphic photographs of prisoners allegedly tortured by Syrian government forces.

EU to back alien species blacklist

The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.

MPs criticise UK over Afghan attack

The UK bears "a degree of responsibility" for the failure to prevent a raid in Afghanistan in 2012 that left two US marines dead, MPs say.

'Mass abduction' at Nigeria school

Armed men have abducted some 100 students from a girls' school in north-eastern Nigeria, officials say.

Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall

Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.

UN's expert criticises 'sexist' UK

The UN's Rapporteur on Violence Against Women raises concerns about sexism in British society, describing over-sexualisation of women as "routine".

VIDEO: Could these vehicles find MH370?

The Bluefin submarine is to start its second day searching for missing flight MH370. Richard Westcott reports.

VIDEO: How Gaultier chooses his models

French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier explains why he chooses to use unconventional looking models in his shows.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: India's changing landscape

BBC News visited one family of farmers living on the edge of an Indian city to see how the changing landscape is affecting their lives.

VIDEO: Sensors to prevent pain for amputees

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed three-directional pressure sensors which they say could prevent dangerous sores for thousands of patients

VIDEO: A week through Google Glass

The BBC's Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tried out Google Glass for a week, documenting his work and home life.

VIDEO: Keeping a lonely panda amused

A lonely giant panda who became depressed after her companion was sent to another zoo has had her own amusement park built in her cage at a China zoo.

VIDEO: Boston Marathon survivor, a year on

It has been one year since twin bombs killed three and wounded hundreds at the Boston Marathon. The BBC's Mark Mardell returns to the city to see how the survivors are coping.

Americas see 'Blood moon' eclipse

Skywatchers in the Americas have caught a rare celestial show caused by the Earth's shadow falling across the Moon.

Hair salon visited over N Korea ad

North Korean officials visit a west London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's image in a poster.

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP

The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.

VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

US Airways apologises for porn tweet

US Airways apologises after an explicit photo was sent from its official Twitter account in response to a customer complaint.

Heartbleed may 'slow' web speeds

The struggle to fix problems caused by the Heartbleed bug could make web browsing speeds slow to a crawl, warns net monitoring firm Netcraft.

Jackson mother must pay AEG's costs

Michael Jackson's mother is ordered by a US court to pay more than $800,000 (£480,000) in trial costs to concert promoter AEG Live.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer

Author Donna Tartt is awarded this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for her critically acclaimed third novel The Goldfinch.

Birds choose best building materials

Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

Early air points to cold, dry Mars

Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

Sensors to prevent pain for amputees

Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.

Glaxo 'paid Polish doctors bribes'

UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama discovers.

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United

Arsenal come from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 and move back above Everton into fourth place in the Premier League.

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

A photographer recently snapped perhaps the only girl in the world learning to hunt with a golden eagle.

How to move a T-Rex dinosaur

One of the most complete tyrannosaurus skeletons ever found is being moved from Montana to Washington DC. There, hundreds of millions of people will eventually be able to view it.

South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub

Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.

India court recognises third gender

India's Supreme Court recognises transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling which orders the government to provide key amenities.

Berlusconi to do community service

Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi must perform community service in a home for the elderly, following his conviction for tax fraud.

Chilean residents survey fire damage

Residents of the Chilean city of Valparaiso return to areas burned by a fast-moving forest fire which engulfed parts of the historic port.

Bid to extend Mid-East peace talks

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are due to meet to try to extend faltering peace talks beyond a 29 April deadline, the US says.

Five dead in Calgary party stabbing

The son of a long-serving policeman is arrested in connection with the stabbing death of five people at a house party in Calgary, police in the Canadian city say.

Parents find out primary places

Parents across England are going to find whether they have their preferred choice of primary school place.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

Fresh approach to NI past 'vital'

Any new process which examines NI's past must have a "proportionate focus on the wrongdoing of paramilitaries" and less on the activities of the state, the secretary of state is due to say.

Dave Lee Travis charged with assault

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is charged with one count of indecent assault under Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard says.

Day in pictures: 15 April 2014

News photos from past 24 hours: 15 April

In pictures: Chile fire rages on

Huge fire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso

In pictures: Nigeria bus blast

Aftermath of a bomb blast in Abuja

In pictures: Royals tour New Zealand

Duke and Duchess in New Zealand and Australia

Day in pictures: 14 April 2014

News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April

Day in pictures: 9 April 2014

News photos from the past 24 hours: 9 April

Your pictures: Growth

Readers' photos on the theme of "growth"

In pictures: Delhi's homeless get voting rights

Delhi's homeless get voting power in India's election

VIDEO: The Spanish hamlet being given away for free

The abandoned hamlet its mayor wants to give away

Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria

Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians

Exhuming remains at Florida school

Who was buried behind a boys' school in Florida?

On a hill, in sight of Europe

Trying to get into Europe from Morocco

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons

How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

Royals treated like celebrities in New Zealand

How New Zealand reacted to William, Kate - and George

VIDEO: Son of slain Sikh plans US House run

Son of slain Sikh leader running for US Congress

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

What are the mysterious sequences of numbers read out on shortwave radio?

BBC Two's disastrous launch night

Why BBC Two's launch was not all right on the night

VIDEO: Teaching photo tagging in rural Uganda

Meet the woman teaching photo tagging to people in rural Uganda

Syria: Report shows how foreign fighters use social media

Report shows how foreign fighters in Syria are using social media

Europe moves softly softly on Ukraine

Gavin Hewitt says Europe's hesitancy is clear to see