Balcony Banter: Who does the dishes in your house?



On most Saturday mornings I have a 10 minute gig on ABC rural stations throughout western and central Victoria talking irreverent sporting subjects with my colleague, that good Queenslander, Matt Tribe. It’s at 7.30am if you care to listen in.



A couple of weeks ago when we were talking some nonsense when we received an interesting email from a listener in Junortoun, postcode 3551.


This was made more interesting because we very seldom receive fan mail or – any mail for that matter. The writer Carol Rowe always listens to our gig with great interest and she was wondering if we would like a Tea Towel she has had in her possession for yonks.


She went on to say that the said Tea Towel has been in the hands of at least three generations of her family but has sat in the linen press during that time. Obviously the household has a dishwasher. To keep any item unused for many years is a feat in itself.


Carol and I could not hazard a guess as to how old the towel was and why the family would have purchased it or be given it in the first place.


As usual I thought I would go to the font of all knowledge the Melbourne Cricket Club Library. I thought David (Studham) was a bit wary when I said I had an interesting Tea Towel in my possession. I could hear his mind ticking over “has Bob seen our kitchen?” or “I’m not in to doing cooking shows.”


The Club never fails its members and here it is now on Balcony Banter.


The item in question is a tea towel measuring 35 cm x 80 cm and as I said is brand new. Unfortunately there is no label on it.


The towel depicts the Melbourne Cricket Ground in all its glory obviously sometime after 1956 because the Olympic Stand is included and there are some pretty ordinary VFL team logos bordering the towel on each side. I say ‘ordinary’ because they are not logos that I know.





Carol and I would love to solve this mystery and if there are members sans dirty dishes who might help us. Send Balcony Banter an email at [email protected].



Bob Utber first went to the MCG over 70 years ago. Apart from writing about sport he has a passion for footy art and curates exhibitions around country Victoria and the Riverina.



This article by Bob Utber first appeared on the MCC Members blog site Balcony Banter



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About Bob Utber

At 84 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he has always done since growing up on a small farm at Lang Lang. Talking, watching and writing sport and in recent years writing books. He lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny) and a groodle named 'Chloe on Flinders' and can be found at Deakin 27 every day.


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    The dishwasher!

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