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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 . . .

Bombing IS in Syria 'in UK's interest'

David Cameron says air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria would be in the UK's "national interest", as he makes the case for action to MPs.

Audio of 'warning' to Russia jet issued

The Turkish military releases an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border.

Trump mocks disabled reporter

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is criticised for mocking a disabled New York Times reporter.

Pope celebrates huge Mass in Kenya

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with many thousands of people in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on his first visit as pontiff to Africa.

Turkey expects new talks on EU bid

The EU will give fresh impetus next month to Turkey's bid to join the 28-nation bloc by opening talks on economic policy, Turkey says.

Facebook wife-killer convicted in US

A man who killed his wife and posted a photo of the corpse on Facebook is found guilty of murder by a jury in Florida.

Court lifts SA rhino horn trade ban

A South Africa court lifts a ban on the domestic trade in rhino horns which was imposed by the government in 2009 to stem poaching.

NY nativity baby's mother found

A mother who left her newborn baby in a manger in a nativity scene in a New York church has been found and will not be charged, officials say.

Colombia tightens law on acid attacks

Colombian legislators pass a law which introduces long prison sentences for people convicted of attacking others with acid.

Drogba targets Chelsea manager's job

Didier Drogba says he has an agreement to return to Chelsea once he finishes playing and wants it to be as manager.

Top US academy bans pillow fights

Huge pillow fights among US cadets to mark the end of summer training at the prestigious West Point military academy are to be banned.

VIDEO: The pilots flying drones over Syria

From an airbase in Lincolnshire, RAF crews are flying unmanned drones over the skies of Iraq and Syria against Islamic State.

VIDEO: Baby found in NY church nativity manger

A newborn baby has been called ''a miracle child'' after being found in the nativity manger of the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens, New York.

VIDEO: Afghan rapper escaped child marriage

The BBC speaks to Sonita Alizadeh, who started rapping after she was nearly sold as a bride by her family.

VIDEO: Australian man drives into bushfire

A man who was filming on his phone while driving past a bushfire says he is lucky to be alive, after the flames engulfed his car.

VIDEO: The suitcase with built-in shelves

Testing the suitcase with built-in shelves and other travel gadgets

VIDEO: Obama pardons pair of turkeys

President Barack Obama pardons turkeys for the seventh year in a row, this time a pair named 'Honest' and 'Abe'.

VIDEO: Switzerland’s vanishing natural wonder

Striking drone footage shows the extent of the retreat of Switzerland's Rhone Glacier, as scientists warn such magisterial ice-masses will have almost vanished by the end of the century.

VIDEO: 'No one can tell you who to love'

Hilary Swank, Oscar-winning actor, talks to BBC 100 Women.

Russia and Iran: an uneasy alliance

Vladimir Putin's visit went down well in Iran - but many people still view Russia with deep suspicion, says Mehrdad Farahmand.

Crimea in the dark in Ukraine power row

Ukraine appears to be in little hurry to repair power pylons sabotaged by Crimean Tatars, as David Stern reports.

Cyber-thieves 'target bargain hunters'

Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, say experts.

How a Chicago teenager was shot dead

A police officer is charged with murder for the death of a teenager who was shot in Chicago. A prosecutor has set out what happened.

VIDEO: Man lives after demolition goes wrong

A demolition worker has survived after a 113-year-old smokestack fell on him in Alabama, US.

Depp and Clooney among biggest flops

Films starring Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Chris Hemsworth and George Clooney are among the list of the biggest film flops of 2015.

Hong Kong newspaper in takeover talks

The publisher of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) has confirmed that it is in talks to sell the popular English-language newspaper.

HIV pill price cut by half in US

The company that sparked an outcry by raising the price of its HIV drug in the US by 5,000% says it will cut its price for some users.

Zano drone makers detail spending

The company behind failed mini-drone Zano has provided some details of how more than £2m in funding was allocated.

Shrinking to Zero: The Raspberry Pi gets smaller

Launched in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has become Britain's most successful homegrown computer. Now it's getting smaller and cheaper.

Sony to pay workers $8m compensation

A US judge grants approval to a settlement of up to $8m (£5m) damages between Sony and employees affected by the 2014 hack of the firm's computers.

DJ's children sue for wrongful death

Three of US DJ Casey Kasem's children and his brother sue the late star's widow for wrongful death in the latest move in a bitter family feud.

Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually'

About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.

Spider web gives up DNA secrets

Spiders - and their prey - can be identified from the DNA they leave behind stuck on webs, say US scientists.

Mutant mosquitoes 'resist malaria'

Scientists say they have bred a genetically modified mosquito that can resist malaria infection.

New Ebola death after Liberia all-clear

A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia less than three months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials tell the BBC.

Man Utd can win anywhere - Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United can win at Wolfsburg and seal a spot in the Champions League last 16.

GB must capitalise on final - Murray

Andy Murray says Great Britain must grab their chance when they take on Belgium in their first Davis Cup final since 1978.

Are paedophiles' brains wired differently?

Even after years of study and investigation there's still disagreement over what causes paedophiles to be the way they are.

The department pretending to run North Korea

The 44 people preparing to run North Korea

Gambia bans female genital mutilation

The Gambian president bans female genital mutilation - in a country where 76% of women get the risky procedure.

Islamic State claims Tunisia bus blast

The so-called Islamic State group says one of its suicide bombers carried out Tuesday's deadly attack on a bus carrying presidential guards in Tunisia.

Koreas in rare talks to improve ties

Officials from North and South Korea are meeting for rare talks aimed at improving long-strained ties, after a military stand-off in August.

Jailed Chinese journalist appeal fails

A Chinese court upholds a guilty verdict against a senior journalist accused of leaking state secrets, but reduces her sentence from seven years to five, her lawyer says.

Hungary court clears terror suspects

A court in Hungary rules that four men detained as suspected terrorists are in fact World War Two enthusiasts.

Germany vows to do more against IS

Germany will do more to fight Islamic State militants, Chancellor Angela Merkel says in response to a French call to do more in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Venezuela opposition leader killed

A regional opposition leader in Venezuela is shot dead at a public meeting less than two weeks before parliamentary elections.

Billionaire arrested in Petrobras probe

One of Brazil's richest businessmen and a leading senator are arrested as part of a corruption inquiry into the state oil giant Petrobras.

Qatar PM orders inquiry after flooding

Qatar's prime minister orders an inquiry after heavy rain exposed poor construction in the country set to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

Yemen rebels 'blocking aid deliveries'

The UN's aid chief accuses Yemen's Houthi rebel movement of obstructing the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the country's third city of Taiz.

Protests after Chicago dashcam video

The release of a video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times sparks largely peaceful protests in Chicago.

NFL star had brain trauma disease

A legend of American football, Frank Gifford, suffered from a concussion-related brain injury when he died, his family reveals.

Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A

The V&A marks the bicentenary of Julia Margaret Cameron's birth

Ramayana: Indian children playing god with royal patronage

The children who act as deities in Varanasi

VIDEO: Citizen journalists capture life in Raqqa under Islamic State

Capturing daily life in Raqqa under Islamic State

Is this the subject with the most baffling jargon?

Is this the subject with the most baffling jargon?

Why Greeks are exhuming their parents

Why Greeks are exhuming their parents' bodies

Leaving the UK and going 'home' to Ghana

Young professionals leave London and head to Ghana

Mark Rylance: From spy to BFG

Mark Rylance on the biggest film roles of his career

After the Taliban: Revisiting scarred Kunduz

Kunduz, a city still scarred and in shock

Thanksgiving with black families (and white, Mexican, and other families too)

How black, white, Mexican, Jewish, Asian and other families celebrate

The firms using Mexican prisoners

The businesses offering hope to Mexican prisoners