After playing with this for a while, I stopped thinking about the students, and starting thinking about how I could use this myself, in particular:
look at the Google API. After half an hour of stirring the alphabet soup that is the API, I knew I wasn't going to go anywhere down that route, but it didn't take him long after he came home to come up with the solution.
In case you haven't twigged, the reason I awarded Tony a BA Genius (Hons) rather than merely a Geoff Hurst from the University of Personal Learning is because you can use this approach to get an RSS feed from any Google search.
Quod erat demonstrandum.
BTW, University of Leicester - waves at the UoL Press Office staff who learned how to use RSS feeds on Friday! ;-)