How the Blairs have become ships that pass in the night

How the Blairs have become ships that pass in the night

How the Blairs have become ships that pass in the night

1:23 AM on 28th June 2011

Pressures: Tony Blair

Pressures: Tony Blair”s globetrotting has led to him spending precious little time with wife Cherie and for the first time they have not holidayed together this year

Globetrotter: Blair speaks at an Israeli conference last week - part of a busy summer diary that will him return to the Middle East, as well as make visits to Africa, Australia and New Zealand

Globetrotter: Blair speaks at an Israeli conference last week – part of a busy summer diary that will him return to the Middle East, as well as make visits to Africa, Australia and New Zealand

Meetings: Cherie Blair recently visited Pope Benedict XVI for the fourth time - a move friends say is significant as she often turns to her religion for solace in times of stress

Meetings: Cherie Blair recently visited Pope Benedict XVI for the fourth time – a move friends say is significant as she often turns to her religion for solace in times of stress

Jaunts: With her husband away so much, Mrs Blair has chosen to fill her time with numerous trips across the globe - including this one to the UN headquarters in New York last week where she met with Yoko Ono

Jaunts: With her husband away so much, Mrs Blair has chosen to fill her time with numerous trips across the globe – including this one to the UN headquarters in New York last week where she met with Yoko Ono

Still popular: Mr Blair has commanded eye-watering fees for his appearances in Australia and New Zealand - with one event charging 10,000 for a table

Still popular: Mr Blair has commanded eye-watering fees for his appearances in Australia and New Zealand – with one event charging 10,000 for a table

Happier times: The couple smile and wave at the camera as they board a U.S. helicopter during a trip to the country when Mr Blair was still Prime Minister

Happier times: The couple smile and wave at the camera as they board a U.S. helicopter during a trip to the country when Mr Blair was still Prime Minister