In the heat, Mr Murphy likes to stretch out at much as possible. As he is a long cat he takes up space. This way he gets lots of attention. His ears show that he is listening; both to me and to whatever was happening outdoors – the door to the garden is about a foot in front of him.
I took a picture with the lens cap of my camera to show how long he is:
His tail is thumping because he wants attention but not through the camera. The moment I put the camera away he curled his tail away and starting purring.