Imperial Or Metric? in United Kingdom and Ireland Posted April 18, 2006 Metric for me as the miles seem shorter! I drove for seven years in the Middle east where it was all metric so got used to kilometres etc., also on the other side of the road. Also I sew a lot and fabric has been sold in metres for years, not easy to get a yard these days. I can now visulise a metre easier than a yard. You know when you are old when a Grandchild says 'Whats an inch Grandma?'