The fried English breakfast was conceived during the Industrial Revolution as a form of fast fuel for a working class that actually worked. They ate 3,000 calories in the morning, then they burnt 3,000 calories by lunchtime. Or died when the mine collapsed. Further reading.
Danny (wee bruv of good friend) rides the xenophobia pretty well...love his fried breakfast bit. "French breakfast, croissant, we have that on top of a steak pie."