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Lou Reed

Wales call-up helps Henson along road to redemption

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.

Diary: Lou Reed makes Boyle’s day

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.

Lou Reed: Photographer

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

Album: Joan as Police Woman, To Survive (Reveal)

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.

Album: Dead Air, Dead Air (Reveal)

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.