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A recent law graduate working at Rodmann Carter Poncho in Betoota’s Old City district has revealed to The Advocate that he often leaves work with just enough time to make it home before Lateline starts at 10:30 pm.

Though the popular late-night news and current affairs programme airs an hour earlier on ABC News 24, Sam Walter-Whitney says arriving back at his south-west Betoota apartment before 9 is almost unheard of.

“The first thing I do when I get home is put party pies and tracksuit pants on. Most nights, I do six with a mixed green salad, but only if I didn’t go to the gym in the morning,” said the 25-year-old.

“But yeah, there’s not a lawyer in the office under 30 that goes home before 8 o’clock. We’ve all got three clients at the moment and all it takes is for one of them to ring up at 4 pm and tell you they’ve got a problem. Then you’re basically there until midnight.”

While Sam freely admits that he doesn’t really get much living done at night, explaining that he usually falls asleep on the couch watching Tony Jones argue with someone with half a glass of wine in front of him and crumbs down his plastic non-iron work shirt, he does try to fill his mornings with something more worthwhile.

However, the assiduous Aires admitted that he only has productive mornings when he doesn’t overdo it on the bargain bin Shiraz the night before.

“That’s most nights,” he said.

“So most mornings, I just wake up five minutes before my alarm and stare at the ceiling, wondering if the five years of university was worth it all. It was, but I can’t wait to be a partner.”

More to come.



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