One is the ongoing complaints that the roads in parts of Birmingham are too hilly - even though neighbouring hilly areas have used the bins with ease for years.
There's no question that it's in and around the big or the eight Core Cities where the devolutionary action is. Which should be good news for Birmingham, were it not for two big buts.
South of the border, Englishmen are torn by the apparent desire of large numbers of Scots to break away and go it alone.
In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.
Birmingham Leader Sir Albert Bore told us that the total job losses at the council throughout the period of austerity would be equal to twice those lost during the 2005 Longbridge Rover collapse.
Electioneering got off to a slow start in Scotland but then, in the last month, politicians and the voters suddenly realised the seriousness of what was before them.
The new, all-singing, all-dancing Aviva Premiership kicks off in Northampton tomorrow night when the Saints host Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens.
I always knew that having a white car would come with cleaning issues, but white was the only colour - or absence of colour - I was offered.
Party conferences are a chance to get the nation's top politicians, journalists, charity heads and business leaders into the city - but Birmingham is turning them away.
The problem with councils like Birmingham is that the system developed from a time when being a councillor was an amateur occupation.
The Jonathan Trott story is a cautionary tale of a public figure who found himself unable to carry on playing cricket for his country at a crucial moment.
Airport expansion sparks an inevitable tug 'o' war between those who see larger airports as key to economic growth, and those worried about the impact on the environment.
A major concern of the Scottish universities will be the preservation of their non-EU student fee income, which in 2011/2012 brought in £337m from non-EU course fees.
Every Team GB athlete benefits from a Lottery-underwritten structure which actively promotes professionalism.
One of the latest ideas for London is a garden bridge, to cross the Thames somewhere near the South Bank.
School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.
Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.
Strangely, natives living in the rest of the UK will have no say, yet current residents from other lands will be entitled to vote.
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has found his match in Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.
The NFL returns to London next month for the first of three regular season autumn duels when Miami face Oakland on September 28.