South Africa captain John Smit will join Saracens in October after the conclusion of the World Cup. The 33-year-old is the most capped captain and forward in Springbok history, having featured in 102 Tests.
Gavin Henson has been selected in a 24-man Wales squad for next month's game against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium. The Toulon centre, who has not played for Wales since the 2009 Six Nations Championship, was suspended by his club last month while they investigated an altercation involving the 29-year-old and team-mates. Henson was given a second chance and appeared as a substitute in the defeat by Montpellier on Saturday.
Michel Gondry and Lou Reed are the latest directors to use their families as movie material. Why not, says Kaleem Aftab, when they are such a rich source of drama?
Warbling Scottish eccentric Susan Boyle has already turned her vocal talents to a number of potentially unsuitable cover versions: "Wild Horses", by Keith Richards and the allegedly underendowed Mick Jagger, to name but one example.
Even by their own slack standards, it's something of a surprise that it has taken a decade for Kimya (Moldy Peaches, Juno soundtrack) Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis to record together. The pair met in New York City during the anti-folk movement of the late 1990s and wrote five songs before going their separate ways. The Bundles' debut album contains those songs and five more, all of which are utterly charming and fall just the right side of twee - think late-period Velvet Underground if MoTucker had had equalbilling to Lou Reed.
The genius from the Welsh valleys has been at most of music's turning points since the Sixties. Now, he's back to perform the album that made his name. Simon Price meets John Cale
At the personal invitation of Vaclav Havel, the BBC's Nick Fraser returns to Prague where he reflects on the events that led to the end of over forty years of Communism
As frontman with the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed epitomised the rock'n'roll lifestyle. But a book of his photographs reveals a quieter, more reflective figure. He tells Hannah Duguid what inspired him
Vocals - Lou Reed
He has the most wonderful, lived-in, voice I've ever heard. There's so much theatrical drama to it but he still sounds really sincere.
Panned on release, Lou Reed's 1973 album 'Berlin' – documenting the downs and downs of an abusive relationship – has been reappraised as a miserabilist masterpiece.
Just as Antony Hegarty first came to prominence as one of Lou Reed's backing singers, Joan Wasser started out as one of Antony and the Johnsons' backing singers before renaming herself Joan as Police Woman.
Dead Air is the nom de disque of Rainy Orteca, the guitarist whose stints with the likes of Lou Reed, Joan Osborne and Antony & The Johnsons led to her current position as Joan Wasser's right-hand gal in Joan As Policewoman.